Yu Su - Watermelon Woman

  • A Herbie Hancock jazz classic reimagined as a krauty house groover.
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  • The title track on Yu Su's latest record is inspired by the intro to Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man." This makes sense: all yelps, flutes and super-crisp drums, that sunny and slightly strange opening passage shares a mood with the Vancouver artist's records. "Watermelon Woman" reimagines Hancock's jazz classic as a krauty house groover that might be Yu Su's most party-friendly track yet, armed with a strutting groove and eerie melodies on live-sounding instruments (woodwinds, palm-muted guitar). The 99-BPM "Dub" has a lighter touch and more oddball flair, with mouth-harps twanging over something like a hip-hop beat. If Francis Inferno Orchestra's "Augur Sacrifice Dub" feels flat by comparison, that mostly speaks to the personality of Yu Su's originals. As her debut on Technicolour, a sub-label of Ninja Tune, Watermelon Woman could reach a bigger audience than any of her records so far. It's well-suited to that task.
  • Tracklist
      A1 Watermelon Woman B1 Watermelon Woman (Dub) B2 Watermelon Woman (Francis Inferno Orchestra Augur Sacrifice Dub)