You may not know the name but as a member of groups like Cykada, Maisha, Don Kipper and collaborator with Theon Cross and more Chiminyo is one of the most vital drummers currently involved London’s buzzing jazz scene.
A world away from those jazzy jams his debut solo EP introduces the listener to his electronic solo project. Across I Am Chiminyo each track is performed on live drums, which then trigger synth sounds – no loops or backing tracks. Evocative of drum and bass legends such as LTJ Bukem and echoing the likes of Squarepusher and DJ Shadow, this is the ultimate definition of Chiminyo’s sound and style.
Driven by his powerful drums, the tracks are raw and rugged with sparks of electronics coming out of every corner to keep you on edge at all times.
Make sure you grab the vinyl for ‘Dharma Bodies’. The wonderful contrast between the exotic flavours in the soundscape against the intricate yet rough textures of live drums compliment each other perfectly.
Let Chiminyo sweep you away into his unique world by pressing play below.
1. We’ll Never Know
2. Kandy Lanx
3. Dharma Bodies (vinyl only)