The old pearl of wisdom ‘two heads are better than one’ is often ignored in electronic music production. There are obvious high profile exceptions to the rule, but in general it seems that the ability to be a one man band afforded by electronic music means that artists tend to work solo on their music.
The phrase ‘two heads are better than one’ is often ignored in electronic music production
That Portugese outfit Orelha Negra is a group, then, with different members contributing their strengths to the songs, is something of a rarity. Members Cruz, Ferrano, Gomes Prodigy, Mira Professional, and Rebelo Jazz Bass put their hands to scratches, drums, keyboards, sampler, and guitar, respectively, creating recordings that could physically be created by a single pair of hands; the important thing, though, is that they are not created by a single mind. Collectively, their individual experiences, influences, and strengths make the group as good as it is.
This track, M.I.R.I.A.M., is sultry soul and smooth jazz cut up and draped over funky drums, with sparing use of scratching to season the track. A collaboration with visual artist Vhils for the video showcases his individual technique perfectly; the explosion of the word love and ensuing fallout is a terrific metaphor…