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Thanks to Little Dragon, and a delayed realization that their single with Yukimi of LD, was in my “Recently Added,” folder, I began to try to listen to their work.

Though, unfair to categorize these artists with N.A.S.A and Basement Jaxx, SBTRKT (Aaron Jerome) employ the same faceless artist concept, however they employ significantly less appearances by other artists. Supported primarily by Sampha on vocals and to a lesser extent relying artists on the affiliated Young Turks label, for support.

I was finally sold after their iTunes Live Festival in London performance, and had to more of their music. Opening the album with “Heatwave,” a wordless starter that cements that as something new and fresh. Followed by the similarly infectious “Hold On,” anchored by:

“…you’re giving me the coldest stare,
Like you don’t even know I’m here…”

It easily pulls you in, however convincing you that they have a distinct sound. Then comes the game changer as the Yukimi Nagano (Little Dragon) powered “Wildfire,” opens the door to the remaining 8 Tracks that follow.

Sampha continues to shine on “Something Goes Right,” and “Trials Of The Past,” giving this electronically album more of an classic (read not today’s sex and pop driven R&B) R&B and downbeat feel.

Highlights: the aforementioned “Hold On,” the Yukimi fueled “Widfire,” “Pharoahs,” and “Heatwave.”

The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.