Published: February 14, 2014
By: Anand Harsh
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Coloradan via Canada and bass producer and vocalist extraordinaire ill-esha releases Open Heart Surgery. A tangled web of love lost and heartbreak, the album still oozes with the sultry vocals and sexy beats of Elysha Zaide.
Opener "Crossroads" plunges the listener right into the signature hip-hop tinged glitch that fans have come to love and expect. Laser-guided synths cut their way through pleading, mournful verses, diving headfirst into lush choruses of pianos, light cymbals, and echoing melodies.
Spending much of the fall on tour with Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, and Beats Antique, the prolific producer still found time to assemble a contiguous of story of break-ups and make-ups. Eternal cycles of love, anger, fear, regret, and jealousy. Powerful stuff.
The title track is delicate, with its plucked pipa and innocent melody, until it descends into a swirl of hammer cocks and metal on metal dirtiness. Like a back alley operation gone horribly wrong, even without lyrics, we can hear the heartbreak through our speakers.
R&B jam "The Letter" closes out the album with what appears to be an open letter to her younger self. Or a friend. Or a mother to a daughter. Wisdom we all wish we had when we were young flows forth in a river of pure emotion. ill-esha is on her game.
Pay what you want, but we encourage you to give this release from Gravitas Recordings a little gift. It's a complete concept wrapped up with a bow of glitch, just in time for the holiday of love. Open it up and jump in.
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