14 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

For their first trick, the Chicago duo Supreme Cuts dazzled critics with an instrumental album that merged the aesthetics of Windy City genre footwork with flourishes of experimental pop and R&B. For its follow-up, they've invited a host of vocalists up onstage, then sawed them in half ... metaphorically speaking. The tracks here stop just short of congealing into pop songs with traditional structures, instead unfolding in layers and waves, taking cues from the band's house music influences. "Envision" features the ethereal vocals of Polica's Channy; its swirling techno beat appears and disappears, only to materialize at the end. "Down" features more slight of hand, nodding to drum 'n' bass in its opening minutes, then morphing into atmospheric trip-hop. The surprise star of this show is singer Mahaut Mondino, a newcomer whose airy vocals grace "Brown Flowers" and "Gone." The latter is the album's centerpiece, a skittering track that's as hard to pin down as it is to forget.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For their first trick, the Chicago duo Supreme Cuts dazzled critics with an instrumental album that merged the aesthetics of Windy City genre footwork with flourishes of experimental pop and R&B. For its follow-up, they've invited a host of vocalists up onstage, then sawed them in half ... metaphorically speaking. The tracks here stop just short of congealing into pop songs with traditional structures, instead unfolding in layers and waves, taking cues from the band's house music influences. "Envision" features the ethereal vocals of Polica's Channy; its swirling techno beat appears and disappears, only to materialize at the end. "Down" features more slight of hand, nodding to drum 'n' bass in its opening minutes, then morphing into atmospheric trip-hop. The surprise star of this show is singer Mahaut Mondino, a newcomer whose airy vocals grace "Brown Flowers" and "Gone." The latter is the album's centerpiece, a skittering track that's as hard to pin down as it is to forget.

TITLE TIME
1:44
4:29
3:47
0:37
6:11
5:44
0:50
5:32
4:47
4:02
0:32
4:54
5:54
3:03

About Supreme Cuts

Expanding the genre of cloud rap enough to come off as a mix of Clams Casino and Cocteau Twins, the Chicago duo known as Supreme Cuts were born as a serene alternative to their hometown's other hot electronica genre of the time, footwork. Producers Mike Perry and Austin Keultjes were fans of everything from Timbaland to My Bloody Valentine when they met in 2007, and while the uptempo house music they first started recording was closer to the pounding sound of footwork than their later releases, they really got their aggression out with Gruel, their avant-punk band who self-released the album Hell Gibson in 2010. Supreme Cuts premiered a year later with the Trouble EP on the Small Plates label, along with two volumes of their self-released Edits series, which found the duo unofficially remixing everyone from Shelia E. to Araabmuzik. In 2012 they partnered with Brooklyn producer and MC Haleek Maul for the Chrome Lips album released by the streetwear label Mishka, while their own album, the all-instrumental Whispers in the Dark, arrived that year on Dovecote. The label also released their 2014 effort Divine Ecstasy, but this time there were vocals from the likes of Mahaut Mondino, Channy from Poliça, plus a returning Haleek Maul. ~ David Jeffries

Top Songs by Supreme Cuts

Top Albums by Supreme Cuts

Listeners Also Played