This review was originally published in July of 2018.
Bluestaeb has quietly become the staple sound of a new approach to trip-hop, something outside of genres, representing a modern and unbiased attitude towards the artistic process with no barriers and no set expectations. Let the song take you where it will go: with Left & Right, Bluestaeb gives us a synth-driven pocket groove, some enigmatic breaks, and an easy flow. It seems so simple when taken out of context.
In a certain sense, this is two songs: the mid-tempo shuffle, and the slightly faster funk groove that brings in a deep kick drum for the ending. It seems fitting that this song segue so inexplicably from one place to the other; linear narratives are so yesterday.
Bluestaeb is a Hip-Hop beatmaker based in Paris.