Cassava Groove Temple – ‘Mountains of the Moon’ EP

A dynamic electronic sound enamors across the instrumental EP Mountains of the Moon, coming via Cassava Groove Temple. The Cambridge, UK-based project impresses in its melding of various stylistic pursuits, from jungle and dance to trip-hop and electronic pop.

“Le Jungle” opens the EP with a climactic swell, expanding quickly from sporadic buzzing synths into a brisk percussive pace alongside xylophone-like processions. A trip-hop rhythmic resemblance pairs with the effervescent tones and backing buzzes for an intriguing mixture, immersing in its atmospheric strengths. “Crested Crane” follows with a more dance-friendly vigor, fusing club-ready percussive hits with a warmly woozy synth infusion; its more understated structural development does well in its gradual enticement.

A touch of funk and bossa-nova flair shows on “OG from UG,” melding guitar swipes and piano flourishes with compelling entrancement. The blaring organs add further to the blissfully nostalgic tint. The EP’s title track concludes the release with a more nocturnal engrossment, infusing lush keys and gentle synth-bass throbs into a gorgeous woodwind-laden chilliness. Cassava Groove Temple thoroughly impress with a grooving, atmospheric charm throughout the EP.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Electronic.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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