Album review: Teebs' 'Collections 01'
L.A.-based visual artist and musician Mtendere Mandowa, who creates under the moniker Teebs, works with paint and frequencies that are pleasing to the eyes and ears. As a painter, he fashions precisely imagined bouquets of color, disciplined abstractions that convey a love of beauty without a trace of sentimentality, and the same could be said about his abstract hip-hop beats.
Teebs is a member of the Brainfeeder Records roster, whose proprietor Flying Lotus has become an expert collector of electronic music with an improvisatory — but razor sharp — spirit. "Collections 01," Teebs' new instrumental snapshot, is the first in a series of what he calls "mini collections of ideas" that he plans to release intermittently through his life "as if they were paintings in a drawn-out series."
Three and a half stars (out of four)
-- Randall Roberts