(New Album Review) Ray Phaze Tropic- Afrowigwam
Ray Phaze Tropic is the moniker of Michigan producer Ben Jarvi. Afrowigwam was released on cassette by Big Ear Tapes. The arresting artwork was designed by Feral Fields (Big Ear’s Nick Bagley).
Jarvi’s productions take tribal trip-hop sampled rhythms and plunge them into the hazy underwater jungles of psych-drone. These are not so much firmly defined songs as seemingly disjointed collages that form an immersively atmospheric whole. Recommended to fans of dub and the pertinent stuff in its wake made by guys like Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras.