Greentea Peng - MAN MADE
Jun 11, 2021
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This is a vibe record in the purest sense of the word, this is music to zone out and relax to, doing anything but allowing Greentea’s soft vocals and mellow beats to wash over you would be a grave mistake. This has the potential to be really boring, but she saves it by bringing in elements of dub, trip-hop, reggae and even some jazz into her psychedelic soul to create a sonic cocktail that’s as diverse as the area of South East London she grew up in. the list of collaborators on this project is also extremely impressive, grabbing some of the biggest names in UK jazz with Joe Armon Jones, Swindle and longtime collaborator Earbuds, and with all this talent and a plethora of writers things were bound to be good, but feel a bit bloated. And yes, with a 1-hour runtime this thing feels about 25 minutes longer than it needed to be, and this is because of moments like the 7-minute behemoth that is Meditation. But there are certainly more hits than misses here, with the groovy Nah It Ain’t The Same and introspective Kali V2 being highlights due to their more well-rounded lyricism and defined hooks. The songwriting on the rest of the album isn’t bad, but due to the psychedelic instrumentation Greentea often drops back in the mix and some of that essential commentary gets lost, see Poor Man Skit. However, the last two tracks are a vibrant finish to the record with the introduction of an electric guitar and some samba-like rhythms respectively, leading to a fulfilling and optimistic conclusion. This record is way too long, but the vibes are nice and if you need some pretty and relaxing background music for an hour, you could do much worse.
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