Jimmy Edgar Delivers New Stunning Album “Cheetah Bend” Featuring Danny Brown, Hudson Mohawke, Sophie, Millie Go Lightly and more
Coming nine years after Majenta, the album improbably synthesizes what might seem like disparate styles, unspooling fresh perspectives and glistening sound design that flaunts genre rules while respecting genre spirit. “The value I bring is hybridization,” Jimmy explains of his approach.
“I think about different universes of sound coming together to create an entirely new domain of knowing.” Building upon his prior collaborative endeavors, not the least of which being the various EPs released on his own Ultramajic imprint throughout the 2010s, Cheetah Bend finds Jimmy working in tandem with a veritable vanguard of forward-thinking artists. Danny Brown does irreparable microphone damage to “Get Up,” a tough-love motivational set to springy synth flourishes and bass rattling.
Rochelle Jordan, a recent J-E-T-S collaborator, imbues the lithe R&B suite “Crank” with her breathy delivery, while Atlanta trapper B La B spits streetwise singsong over a rugged and snappy beat. And nowhere is this collaborative spirit better expressed than in advance single “Bent” on which TNGHT’s Hudson Mohawke adds inflections to Jimmy’s signature bass rattle. Over the course of the last decade-and-a-half, the Detroit native has proven both a celebrated favorite and consistent fixture of dance music in its multitudinous forms.
His recent move from the dance music mecca of Berlin to the US altered his perspective once again, exposing him to a wider musical universe, including modern mainstream hip-hop and R&B that had been overshadowed while living overseas. Before long, he was producing for everyone from former Danity Kane singer DAWN to erstwhile Odd Future associate Vince Staples.