Yimino are back and have finally decided to grace the electronica scene once again with their latest long player, Throwing Shade.
After 2 years in the wilderness - developing the small group of musicians on their label Ominim Records - their latest album doesn?t disappoint and shows that, whilst their gaze has been elsewhere on other artists, the duo haven?t been idle regarding their own production. They can still mix it with the best of the old and new breed of electronic music flooding the clubs of the world but have also managed to retain their unique flavour in an environment of vastly homogenised dance music.
Throwing shade only features one guest vocal, (in stark contrast to the last Yimino album, Breaker, which was built around guest appearances). Martha Gwatkin is the lucky one this time around and features on the stand out track ?Chalking Up?. This being her first appearance on any record she is definitely one to look out for in the future, especially as we are told she has plans for a solo release on Ominim. This time the main focus is on the music and instrumentals. Time spent in isolation writing apart from each other at either the new hub of operations in east London, (from where the label is also run), or in west London has presented it?s own challenges. Moving from a dedicated studio set-up to a split set-up and working via the Internet with ?meet-ups? has been a new experience for them and has taken a bit of getting used to: ?Ultimately it works better this way as we have families and nowadays everything can be done from home and sent between each other super quickly but a childish part of us still pines for those days spent tweaking together in a studio ? silly really as we?d tend to work alone even when we did share a space?.
Throwing Shade starts with Grendel Mint Cake and with what any Yimino aficionado would welcome openly ? atmospheric synthesis. It is a short, lovely but maybe misleading intro into what should surprise the listener only one track later. The Filth sets the tone briefly as the experimental side of Yimino seeps out, a skipping beat below wrenching synths and tormented samples. Then into Chalking Up, a soaring track featuring the vocals of Martha Gwatkin. This track harks back to their previous album Breaker but half way through clears up to reveal Yimino in a more stripped back guise, before once again descending back to their lush synth lines. A brief rest bite follows, then the tracks Bless You and Can?t, wait, tell you - Yimino?s ability to change it up mid album and surprise yet again. These tracks are definitely different whilst also holding on to the partnership?s aesthetic throughout. The final track Go to Bed wraps things up nicely and ends on a sweet note with a sample from when the guys first started making electronic music ? a sample from a girl aged 2 telling us to go to bed. Scarily this girl is now 16 and shows the guys have now been mixing it with the best for 12 years?. Long may it continue!