We’re finally experiencing some real autumn weather here in Los Angeles, and the grey, overcast skies pair nicely with this LP. It came out last year, but I only recently picked it up.
I believe Sansibar is a young Black musician from Finland, but the 8 songs that make up Targeted Individuals (the digital release adds 4 bonus tracks) are pure Detroit. He’s clearly a fan of Model 500, Detroit In Effect, and James Stinson - “Meri” even features Drexciyan lyrics about “swimming deep” and a “sunken ship”.
The last few years have given us a glut of 313-influenced electro releases- just take a look at the Clone web store- but Sansibar’s music has that extra something. Originality is not the the goal here, craftsmanship is. When every bass note is so perfectly weighted and every laser beam is firing at the exact right angle, it’s hard not to be awed.
Opener “Liquid Programming” is robotic and melancholy, with snappy drums and distant pads. It feels lonesome and futuristic, and that feeling continues throughout the album, carried by disembodied voices and computer sounds.
Even when the tempo is high, the mood is one of introversion, not recklessness.
An exception is “Body Rock”. It’s the closest thing to a functional dancefloor track - powerful, but still spacious, with a pitched-down DJ Stingray vibe.
The rest of the tunes would be perfect as the soundtrack of a polished chrome spaceship with no crew inside, hurtling through infinity without a destination, which - in election season 2020 - is a whole ass #mood.
Swipe ➡️ to hear "Liquid Programming” and “Body Rock”
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