SELA. / first
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Distributed by Alpha Pup / Kudos Records
"What this guy can do with a beat could move the cloudrap glitterati to tears, and probably has. Somewhere Lil B is crying."
"Beautiful and subtly enchanting debut of gauzy downbeats and dreamy footwork impressionism. 'First' is guided by instinct and emotion to a detached, personal space where beat structures work on the brink of collapse, buoyed only by tender chords and saline textures."
SELA. is 21-years old Devante Tillis from California. The enigmatic producer operates in the aural wastelands somewhere between cloudrap, leftfield R&B, and a loose approach to footwork. He did beats for Kitty, Main Attrakionz, and Japanese songstress Noah. Furthermore, he caught the eye of tastemakers from Ryan Hemsworth to allmighty A$AP Mob. His Bandcamp account bursts with numerous smaller and bigger releases. Needless to say, the man is on a mission.
The EP ‘first’ is SELA.’s vinyl debut. Tillis refines his formula and delivers six tracks that oscillate from longing melancholia and claustrophobic unrest. 'first' is heavy on surface noise and subdued, seemingly random vocal samples that leave you with twisted attraction; piano loops and sparse guitar licks give rise to sparkles of occasional light. Fans of Shabazz Palaces or Spooky Black might find common ground here.