Loraine James - Reflection LP
Made during summer 2020, Loraine James' second Hyperdub album, Reflection, is a turbulent expression of inner-space, laid out in unflinching honesty, offering gentle empathy and bitter-sweet hope.
Reflection further develops a unique pop sensibility realised on last year's Nothing EP, while tones of Drill and R&B seep through into this collection too. In contrast to the brash splashes of 2019's For You And I LP and the grimey anger of Nothing, Reflection is pared-down and confident, taking the listener through how last year felt as a young black queer woman in a world that has suddenly stopped moving, the arc of the album peppered with Loraine's diaristic confessions. Travelling effortlessly from gentle pop-trap to downcast drill, from Drexciyan techno glide to airy R&B,, ‘Reflection' is a brave step forward for a unique and creative 21st century musician.