By Sean O | August 20th, 2012
Fans of Clams Casino and XXYYXX gather ’round. I want to properly introduce you to Fauxe. He reps the Republic of Singapore and just released his debut EP via Phyla Recordings. It also happens to be the electronic label’s first release, so let’s celebrate Fauxe and Phyla’s arrival by enjoying the beautiful debut that is UBUNTU.
Fauxe told me that he chose UBUNTU as the title because he felt the African philosophy embodied how his music reacts and changes around the circumstances in his life. This is evident right away with the intro, “Good Morning.” Bird chirps and a motorbike engine give way to some slick tribal drum work in what could have been the alternative opening theme to Twin Peaks, which I mean as a compliment.
Each track of UBUNTU tells its own story, and Fauxe avoids labels in fear of being boxed in musically. I want to call his sound future future garage since it is already Tuesday in Singapore. Whatever the genre may be, “Be My Love” and “We Both Knew” are lovely showcases for Fauxe’s storytelling abilities. He chops without slopping, and when the drum and bass kick in on “Be My Love” the rhythm just takes over.
I’ve featured “Thanks Ms Panda,” because it I love its progression. The track’s celestial quality reminds me of a SBTRKT record I also love. “Thanks Ms Panda” is out there, no doubt, but Fauxe has enchanted me with that whimsical chorus warp and the way those drums knock. When listening to the EP straight through (which is highly recommended), this song feels like an ascension of sorts.
I want to say thank you to Fauxe for the amazing listening experience that is UBUNTU. Head to Phyla’s official Bandcamp to stream the rest of the EP. Also, I will be wiring 100 cool points to all of your accounts for sharing in this dope musical escape.