Jimmy Edgar: Access Rhythm
Jimmy Edgar’s slickly-produced instrumental hip-hop reminds me of similar efforts from Ghostly International’s Dabrye. On “No Static,” jazzy synths glisten over beats to good effect. Unfortunately, the rap samples are a bit weak. “Morris Nightingale Theme” is more to my liking, with melodic riffs distorted, stuttered, and answered. “Urban Outtake” takes a page from the past, starting with eighties synthesizer stabs, then morphing into a combination of flute samples and scratching. “Re: City Alley,” the fourth and final track, is probably the most electronic-sounding of the bunch, creating a dense atmosphere of synth beeps and washes with vinyl surface noise. Jimmy Edgar is a nineteen-year-old designer from Detroit. If this EP is any indication, he’s in store for a long career making funky music.