Producer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and DJ Coby Sey is somebody whose work has been quietly integral to the UK’s left-field, underground sonics for the previous 5 years or so. The Lewisham artist’s collaborations with different ahead thinkers together with Tirzah, Mica Levi, Dean Blunt, Kelly Lee Owens and others is testomony to the natural and expansive world by which he operates. Together with Levi and Brother Might, Sey additionally runs Curl Recordings; the trio generally carry out reveals collectively purely through jamming and improvisation.
You may hear that exploratory method on Conduit, Sey’s debut album, which got here out in September. The document brings to life an area that’s usually uneasy, inspecting histories, politics and protest alongside one thing extra frank and inside (on standout tracks such because the uncooked, galvanising Response, he gives: “I’m the one you get aroused by / Within the thoughts and within the nether areas inside”). Sey’s zigzagging spoken phrase and unpolished melodies sit someplace on the confluence of a large number of genres (jazz, dub, noise, experimental digital, trip-hop; his sound has generally been categorised as “post-grime”).
With music that embodies each hope and despair, usually in the identical breath, Sey defined to the Quietus on-line journal his need to make work that sits outdoors the binary of optimistic and unfavorable: “I feel thereis a wider palette of feelings that may be explored via sound and music.” It’s one thing he manages fairly superbly: in Sey’s work, you sit with the unusual, imperfect edges of feeling all of it.