Zomby - Natalia's Song
Label: 4AD, 4AD
Catalog#: BAD3114, 4BAD3114
Format: Vinyl, 10", Single Sided, Etched, Limited Edition, 45 RPM
Released: 09 May 2011
Style: UK Garage
Second cat# stickered on shrink-wrap.
A Natalia's Song 4:00
UK-based producer Zomby is a weird dude. It seems like he spends most days as a hermit— straight blunted and cranking out whatever the hell kind of tune he feels like at any given moment. Sometimes they’re rave-roots nostalgic garage/hardcore bangers. Other times super minimal 8-bit dubstep tracks that sound like your NES on cough syrup.
Every once in a while he drops a gem like “Natalia’s Song”. Admittedly, this dark and moody Burial-esque side of Zomby’s is without a doubt my favorite. I heard this first when Mary Anne Hobbs snuck it into her last radio show last year and it’s become somewhat of an instant-repeat jam for me.
An eyebrow or two may have been raised when reticent producer Zomby signed with 4AD earlier this year. But while some things change, others stay the same. Zomby is notorious for canceling bookings, and he reverted to type and pulled out of an ATP event curated by Animal Collective this past weekend. That erratic behavior is mirrored in his approach to music, which has skipped from 'ardcore revivalism to the cheery mash-ups of dubstep, jungle, and house on One Foot Ahead of the Other. "Natalia's Song" offers a chance to sample the new 4AD material, and it's immediately clear that he's working from a more controlled template. The full-tilt mania and skittish indulgence of yore has been brutally reined in here.
In its place come dark, inky textures, which draw closer to the contemporary dubstep scene than prior Zomby efforts. It's surprising to hear him zeroing in on sounds with such restraint, especially as the quietly euphoric keyboard riff could be the center of one of his beloved rave tracks if it weren't so muted. Instead it's all daybreak comedown shivers and spliced-up female vocal apparitions. That muffled tone gives "Natalia's Song" its gravitas; it feels like the far-off hum of a party stretching into the night in the distance, as heard through the ears of a bleary-eyed reveler plotting the way home. There's a newfound sense of inhibition here, with Zomby's trademark jocularity outstripped by a more introverted calm-after-the-storm feel.
ZOMBY - Natalia´s Song [4AD]