Published Jan 13, 2017New York native and multi-instrumentalist beatmaker Space People continues his collaborative work on his second release for label Styles Upon Styles, Wet. Like his last release on the label, SHMM, his newest is a hotbed of gnarled samples — though it's a lot more cohesive and structurally sound than prior releases.
Wet is a little less the Avalanches and a little more Star Slinger in its sampling style. Space People isn't breaking thousands of samples down to an unrecognizable size to form the bones of songs; rather, Space People tosses you a beat or clipped vocal and runs it through a track, often as its focal point. Most recognizable in the melange used on Wet is the vocal snippet of Missy Elliott's "Work It," the glitchy synths and rapid drum claps the perfect bedding for the aptly titled "Work." Wet is an auditory treat, an album that catches you off guard with its unexpected originality. (Styles Upon Styles)