On the Horizon: XIX, Christian Rich.

On the Horizon: XIX, Christian Rich.

Time rich; money poor; morally bankrupt.

If ever there were a universal opener to a current day curriculum vitae, those six words would surely be its basis. I couldn’t quite tell you what that has to do with this from identical twin trap hop production duo Christian Rich, but it somehow seems to befit this effervescence of languid, downtempo Caribbean-flavoured dub that’s sweet as Ting. Christian Rich comprises Taiwo (for moniker’s sake “Christian”) and Kehinde (“Rich”) Hassan who, having been brought up in both Nigeria and the home of both deep house and deep dish pizza, Chicago, have since relocated to L.A. Inevitably. Where they’ve commensurately inevitably been making acquaintances with a certain someone who’s been scrimping on time and morals in favour of money these past couple years. They’re the boys behind the knobs on Earl Sweatshirt’s Chum, though as all good ‘uns do they’ve kept the better for themselves: lumbering outta the gurgly claptraps, the intensely manipulated vocals of Wild Colonials’ Angela McCluskey trip up on glitchy reverberations and twitching resonances; skanky riddims and such. It’s purportedly inspired by both the Sacré-Cœur and Kanye’s inexpressibly atrocious 808s & Heartbreak LP, though mercifully sounds neither staunchly religious, nor in any way evocative of Robocop. Thank fuck.


Christian Rich’s Soundcloud.

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