Teebs – Estara (2XLP)

E s t a r a  is the second full-length album by Mtendere Mandowa, better known as Los Angeles-based producer Teebs. It contains plenty of the breezy melodies, rustling rhythms, gauzy atmospherics, and loose ties to hip-hop that have always been present in Teebs’ music, but the LP also finds those elements coming together in a bolder, more cohesive fashion than ever before. Whether he’s swirling melodic textures on songs like “The Endless” and “View Point”, flirting with leftfield pop on collaborative efforts “Holiday” (featuring Jonti) and “Hi Hat” (featuring Populous), looping guitars on “Shoouss Lullaby” and “NY pt. 2” (featuring his Sons of the Morning partner Prefuse 73), or getting pensive on the shuffling “NY pt. 1” and the melancholy “Piano Days”, Teebs sounds sharply focused, impeccably nuanced, and spiritually potent.

In the end, E s t a r a is absolutely, undeniably a representation of Teebs, but Teebs as he is right now. He may no longer be the upstart beatmaker that FlyLo once took under his wing, but that doesn’t mean that Teebs has shed his past – he’s simply evolved from it.

2XLP – $30.00