Threading their way across house, hip-hop and downtempo electronic landscapes since 2019, French imprint Cosmocities reemerge with their fourth studio iteration “Say Goodbye” by Aussie-born / Berlin based vibist Inkswel featuring Phat Kat and Jitwam, supported by a choice pair of reworks courtesy of Adelaide's Beyond June and Amsterdam’s Jacob Otten, alias Kid Sublime.
Presented in both vocal and instrumental form, Inkswel’s hydroponic new single “Say Goodbye” blends the finest of sun-baked hip-hop and hazy R&B into a fine-grained slice of ethereal Cali-funk, as masterly provided by Phat Kat’s raw, choppy verses and Jitwam’s velvet-like timbre. Weaving a silky-smooth narrative out of retro string samples, intricate drum-programming and vaporous envelopes, Inkswel’s newest is poetry in motion, making the most of the self-balancing, therapeutical power of music.
Up on remix duty we find OZ talent Beyond June, laying down a playfully oneiric revamp, halfway cosmic abstraction and down-to-earth urban character. Transcending both spheres with non-conformist dash, the track reaches for uncharted galactic recesses. For his part, Kid Sublime takes on the cut with more of a fevered boogie approach, pulling out the infectious Rhodes stabs and athletic bass moves to keep every dancer on their toes as the drum beats a steadily sensual tempo.