Esem

Enveloped

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Striking a deal with DeFocus (CiM, Tim Koch, Lackluster), Bulgaria's Esem created a minor stir with the release of his proper debut, Enveloped. The album pilfered from a pool of irritable digital pops, like much of the Warp roster, but used them as last-minute window dressing instead of its only motive. For the most part, this worked, and Esem proved capable of delivering unique bottom-heavy downtempo with a particular attachment toward the unrushed breakbeat, a tactic which suggested someone ready to sacrifice serenity in hopes of a subtle, engaged debut.