Jimmy Edgar has just shared his new album LIQUIDS HEAVEN. On a surface level, it is a starburst of avant-garde fusion, collecting a diverse cast of eccentric geniuses and re-configuring them into a psychedelic canvas of future R&B, euphoric bass, mutant tear-the-club-up rap, foundation-splintering noise, and gossamer soul. But as with all his work, there is a deeper and subversive intent.
LIQUIDS HEAVEN’s early gestation spawned from Edgar’s explorations of “material” in the digital world, and is part of his broader ambition to change belief and intention in the digital realm – a pseudo-invisible way to summon novel realities by infusing his ultra-sleek aesthetic into transformative conceptual art. LIQUIDS HEAVEN is the ultimate culmination of the idea of “phases of matter.”
LIQUIDS HEAVEN is not merely a technicolor dream of ethereal abstractions, however. It bangs as hard as anything to ever bump from a subwoofer. But for all the high energy propulsion, there is a counter-balance of melancholic beauty, and in a career of fascinating left-turns, it would be more surprising if LIQUIDS HEAVEN wasn’t surprising. The genius of it is that for all its cerebral intent, it remains replete with raw and visceral emotion. Out of sadness comes courage. Water, liquid, and light evaporate, become transparent, disappear peacefully. Nothing less than the sound and look of liquid are transmuted into powerful new sculptures – which are best experienced at a high volume on the far side of the sky.
Signed to Warp Records as a teenage electronic music prodigy, Edgar has recorded for the world’s most respected imprints (Warp, K7, Hotflush and his own New Reality Now). Raised in Detroit, with stints in Berlin, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and New York, his list of close collaborators includes Hudson Mohawke, Danny Brown, SOPHIE, DAWN, Mykki Blanco, Vince Staples, and Machinedrum (as one half of their duo J-E-T-S).
LIQUIDS HEAVEN Track Listing
1 - EUPHORIA (FT LIZY2K)
2 - EVERYBODY (FT 10KCAASH & ZELOOPERZ)
3 - DREAMS 1000000 (FT MILK)
4 - SLIP N SLIDE
5 - BITE THAT 2 (FT TRINIDAD JAMES)
6 - SIDEROOM
7 - BUNNY LAVA (FT VIRGEN MARIA)
8 - NO ANTIDOTE (FT RIPPARCHIE)
9 - STATIC (FT BANSHEE)
10 - YA! (FT 645AR)
11 - NEVER LEAVE (FT MILK)