Hyp 207: Photay

Hyp 207: Photay

We know we’re not meant to judge books by their covers, but from the moment we saw the young Evan Shorstein and his prodigious fro on the cover of his self-titled EP for Astro Nautico last year, we knew we were in safe hands. It helped that the music inside formed one of the most exciting debuts we’d heard in some time: at once assured, skilled, original and intimate. Shades of 90’s IDM blended with a cute pop sensibility and exotic drum arrangements to create an emminently enjoyable whole that displayed a level of skill which belied his meagre experience.

That Shorstein arrived so fully formed isn’t so much of a surprise once you know a little bit about his background. Raised in the nigh-on mythical environs of Woodstock, NY, he was a drummer in various bands – opening for the likes of The Wailers and Blondie. He would go on to become a student of music at the state’s Purchase College, where he formed the Makoshine Collective with some electronic music obsessed friends. His curiosity took him out to West Africa where he studied drumming techniques and picked up his production name – which means ‘white person’ in the Guinean dialect Susu.

Now primed to make a splash across the next 12 months, we thought it was the perfect time to shine a light on Shorstein and his unique talents. Across 45 minutes or so he juggles tempos and styles – keeping his indelible sonic signature intact throughout. Listen on for exclusive material from the man himself as well as records from Aphex Twin, Clark, Special Request and 4Hero…

Hyp 207: Photay by Hyponik on Mixcloud

Balança Pema – Jorge Ben
Love Jones – DJ Paypal x DJ Taye x Boylan x DJ Big Hank
Baby’s Breath – Co La
So Post All ‘Em – YACHT
Offing – Julianna Barwick
Helter Skelter – Tessela
Gat in My Lap – AceMo
Cole Dub – Time Wharp
Hold It Down (Bugz in the Attic’s Co-Operative Mix) – 4hero
Undead – Special Request
The Brick Burner – Lukid
Uwa The Peacock (Eki Ko Inuen Uwa) – Ibibio Sound Machine
Hackney Parrot (Special Request VIP) – Special Request
Sahkii (Xirhuu) – Clap! Clap!
Moment 500/Place 004 – Basile
Tha – Aphex Twin
Whoosh Ice Dispenser – Helix
Truncation Horn – Clark
??? – Photay
Love Nest – Co La

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