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South African Producer Andy Islands Shares A Hypnotic New EP

South African creative media group naas and electronic producer Andy Islands team up to release his latest experimental EP 'Andy Islands 3.'


South African experimental media collective naas are releasing a 4-track EP by innovative producer Andy Islands. On Andy Islands 3, the South African beatmaker offers an intricately-composed electronica sound carried by impressively crisp synth work. The EP's leading track "Parameters" is a hypnotic, xylophonic arrangement featuring a captivatingly steady build-up. "Crashy," another standout from the EP, is a more danceable composition sporting a repetitive, sped-up vocal sample accompanied by rapid rhythmic work. Andy Islands describes his music as "free-range, hand-made, gluten-free, fair-trade, single-origin, 100% organic, community-sourced, bespoke artisan, vegan pop-up music," a fitting description for the producer's refreshingly unconventional sound. Listen to Andy Islands 3 in its entirety below and purchase it on iTunes.

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