Reflexions and Strings, Trevour Amunga: An experiment in electronic music and rap
When it comes to rap and electronic music, it was a match that was bound to happen at some point or another. With the production necessities of rap music and the nuances that enable that in electronic music, when people like Andre 3000 started mixing in synths into their tracks way back in the late 80s to early 90s, the world embraced it. That tradition continues with “Reflexions and Strings”, a 5-part EP by Trevour Amunga. Keep reading for my thoughts about the same!
The tracks exist well together in the EP, with not much in the way of jarring, to interrupt the flow of the listener as they go through the tracks, and explore the ideas that Trevour sets down, starting from the first track, “86 Porsche”, a rap-first, flow-heavy track that lays its focus on the lyricism and the rhyme schemes, which, for the most part, come off as great, well-composed, and poised. The fun continues in the second track, “Home”, with a far more old-style NY boom-bap kind of sound, which is slightly on the longer side in terms of duration, clocking in at just under five minutes. This track has a focus on the instrumentation and the beat in the background more so than on the lyricism, going into the next track, “Magic”.
“Magic” is styled more so like a slow lofi track, with elements of detuned guitars, vinyl-like crackle and instruments that sound like they come through a telephone. This slowly evolves into a softer version of an Evol Intent-esque DnB breakbeat style with the lyrics on top, which makes for an interesting listen. The next song, “Stargirl 94”, has a slower, more suave, almost halfway Chase Atlantic-esque styling in the beat, laid over with spoken rap on top, which makes for a good, engaging listen. This 5-part EP is wrapped by “Chains”, by far my favourite on the EP– a fusion of classic rock tunes, with the chop of rap, and an almost-distorted tint to the vocals that give the track an overall edge of aggression, and edginess, which is always well appreciated.
The mixing and mastering, while nothing to noteworthily criticise, get the job done just fine! There is enough space awarded to all the instruments present, and there is good control in the dynamics of the various instruments so as to tame their transients, and to let the meat of their sound shine.
Overall, “Reflexions and Strings” by Trevour Amunga makes for a good listen, and I enjoyed listening to it. Check it out here!