A twisted and absorbing track from the cultural clash that is Sirintip.
Distinctly distant and lo-fi, Emperor of the Sun is a track that’s utterly absorbing; drawing upon so many cultural and musical cues, it’s a wonder this song is under four minutes long.
From a colourwash of noise, you’re met with Sirintip’s hauntingly fragile voice as she sings of the addictive power of relationships. Like clockwork, vocals layers then thicken the sound as the track nosedives into it’s fast breakbeat. A genre which once heavily sampled Jazz and R&B for it’s rhythmic influence, the dance music of the 80s and 90s now feeds the minds of a new wave of neo-Jazz artists. Sirintip has succeeded in crafting a track that would sit comfortably amoungst both Portishead or Roni Size.
The drumming on Emperor of the Sun is fantastic, having been laid down by Mark Guiliana – the renowned Jazz virtuoso and the rhythm behind David Bowie’s posthumous album Blackstar.
You’re brought back briefly with an Eastern-Pop inspired vocal skit – a nod to Sirintip’s own Thai heritage. Being half Swedish as well, you can find more than a hint of Scandi-Pop in the accompanying tracks on her debut album Tribus (the third part being the coming together in New York).
The album was released earlier this year on Snarky Puppy leader Michael League’s Ground Up Music label – himself providing Synthbass as well as producing the record. Despite it being her debut, Sirintip has already cemented her being in the new Jazz world. I first caught glimpse of Sirintip as she featured on the live recording of London pianist Bill Laurance’s U-Bahn.
Undoubtedly, there will be a lot more to come from Sirintip, but in the meantime have a listen to this.