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Jumbled Up: Rakia’s “Dimples”

Everything in “Dimples” sounds a split second away from collapsing in on itself. Composer Rakia’s latest starts off with sparse keyboard notes that initially give off some serious Flau vibes, but that gives way right after as the beat skitters off and everything gets whirled up. A lot happens across “Dimples,” including some hi-def vocal samples shooting out between what sound like door creaks, plus a mid-section saxophone section that’s a total sucker punch. Yet unlike a lot of goofy “IDM” that tries to wow by a series of scatterbrained electronics and nothing else, Rakia conjures an actual song from this fractured set of sounds. Listen above.

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