Monday 17 Aug 2020
Shinedoe returns to her own label MTM for her third release Ahimsa. Following up from the release of the acclaimed Feelings EP on Rekids in February, Chinedum Nwosu here explores new textures and directions in her sound.
The title track Ahimsa (a Sanskrit word for the virtue of ‘doing no harm’) has a light, transparent feel, yet maintains a strong, driving force. It exudes a subtlety and gracefulness that is sometimes lacking in the world, as pads and keys intertwine and evolve over the rhythm. It’s a musical metaphor for Shinedoe’s approach to finding peaceful ways to solve problems.
The 2nd track, System, comes from a different angle - revealing an edgy atmosphere through a deep, off-beat cut touching on early electro. It has a dystopian sci-fi feel, in keeping with its title. Rounding off the EP is Cortisol, perhaps the most directly dancefloor related track here. It’s hyperactive groove goes straight for the jugular, overlaying tension-building rolls and breaks that hit hard.
All-in-all, Shinedoe has produced another bold and creative EP, fusing hard hitting grooves with that all-important element of hi-tech soul. It’s the perfect fit for her MTM label.
1. Shinedoe - Ahimsa
2. Shinedoe - System
3. Shinedoe - Cortisol