Review: "Parallel Universe" is The Dude Of Stratosphear's debut single, featuring the Thai rapper MC Sinnamon. Real name Jerome Doudet, he is a Swiss/French artist and bass player based in Bangkok, Thailand. A DJ, vinyl collector, musician, graphic designer and East Asian music connoisseur, The Dude Of Stratosphear was groomed in the vibrant alternative scene of Geneva, Switzerland. He presents here an cosmic trip between the heat of Chennai's bazaars and Bangkok's chaotic streets. Said to be based on a rare Indian library sample, "Wat That Tong" features samples of Thailand molam queen Yenjit Porntavi, plus a modern dub beat and Indian percussion.
Review: Founder of song-writing, production and engineering team Soulbeat Productions, Reavis has been involved in the background, penning songs for some of the biggest names for many years. His own bespoke instrument The Beat Thang has also been used the likes of Jermaine Dupree, RocWilder and Dallas Austin. Here Reavis shows his skills across a sexy six pack of slow-burning instrumentals. While we teeter over the edge of R&B and soul, the main emphasis is on hip-hop. Highlights include the cute synth horn parps on "Sticky" and the lolloping Brownswood style jazz riddim on "4 Ari". Instrumental grooves don't get much sweeter or succinct.