Best Albums of 2020: Translippers ‘Transparency’

Transparency (Cosmicleaf)

Balearic chillout fans take note: this is music of the sun done right – by a guy from Saint Petersburg Russia, no less. Multi-instrumentalist Arthur Mustafin aka Translippers has appeared on these pages before, with his album Cycling To The Sun named one of AMG’s Best Albums of 2018. Transparency captures again all the strengths that made that album special: his natural musicianship (especially the electric guitar), a deep harmonic sense and outstanding panoramic production skills. Most of these tracks sing with his love of big, sweet, dubby basslines, whether it’s the languid breaks of “Mermaid Tango” or the warm 4/4 dub techno of “Brilliance”. Flashes of the Caribbean and Africa add further spice, and there’s even an impressive synthetic drone piece “Highland Tune” accompanied by haunting shakuhachi flute.

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