Released: Apr 2012
London's DVA (Leon Smart, aka Scratcha DVA) has come a long way from the grime scene's blips and brittle sonics. His debut album for Hyperdub delves deeply into lush, dazzling techno soul, drawing elements from U.K. funky and '90s broken beat to create a sound that's his alone. Guest vocalists like Fatima and Vikter Duplaix help shape the album's melodic dimensions, while DVA dedicates himself to contorted funk rhythms and super-saturated tone color. Knotty and occasionally counterintuitive, it's a welcome counterpoint to cookie-cutter club productions.
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