Serengeti and Polyphonic - Bells and a Floating World (3 stars)

Chicago art-rap duo deliver sub-aquatic electro and remixes

Serengeti and Polyphonic - Bells and a Floating World


For all of their talk about floating worlds, there’s something sub-aquatic about rapper Serengeti and producer Polyphonic’s latest burbling hip hop missive.

The Chicago art-rap duo’s six new laid-back social expositions are variously immersed in paranoid minimalist electro-rap (‘Television’), spattering arpeggios and choppy funk (‘Guelmim 5000’), and spiralling, thumb-piano croons (‘Shoenhut’).

The release is completed by six livelier remixes of tracks from Geti and Polyphonic’s capricious second long-player, Terradactyl: it includes persuasive flips from Anticon all-stars Jel and Why?, who respectively detonate firecrack drums and old-school electro all over ‘Patiently’, and rewire ‘My Patriotism’ as a woozy campfire political mantra.


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