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ARTIST
TITLE
Unity
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
LDN 027CD LDN 027CD
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RELEASE DATE
11/8/2011

This is the debut album by one of the most distinctive artists to emerge from the UK in recent years, Damu. Dense sheets of color and ripples of warm emotion cascade through Damu's musical vision. It's an ambitious album, and at an hour in length, it's not necessarily an easy listen, but those who endeavor will find themselves swept away by the fantasy world that Unity inhabits. The steel drum march of "L.O.V.E.," the midnight serenade of "After Indigo," Trim collaboration "Ridin' The Hype," and breathtaking closing track "Don't Cry In My Bed" are only some of the sights you'll see along the way. Alongside his recent split release with HDGLT, Damu has only had two physical solo releases to date, but already he's honed an instantly recognizable sound of his own. His releases have been supported by artists such as Starkey, Sinden, Brodinski, Sbtrkt, Girl Unit, and notably The Streets' Mike Skinner, who selected Damu as one of his "New Faces of UK Dance Music" in his Guardian takeover in February 2011. He's part of the UK's underground dance music scene by association, but Unity finds Damu thinking much bigger than that, with touches of Air France's beach-pop, the gloss of major label R'n'B, and subtle nods to the demented psychedelic visions of Wiley and Aphex Twin. It also betrays his classical background, demonstrating knowledge of chord progressions and structural sleight-of-hand that many of his peers would kill for.