Virginia Beach by way of North Carolina's Dirty Bird makes his Spectral Sound/Ghostly International debut with Riddim Seeker. The latest in a prolific run for the polymath producer, the EP follows a breakout 2022 packed with city-spanning DJ sets, inspired efforts in academia, and collaborative projects with his Gum Studio community. He sees Riddim Seeker as a form of art-as-research, "an investigation into common threads of rhythm throughout black music." The three tracks access a riddim lineage under a futurist agenda, sending pop vocal cuts — from collaborators Netanya and Leon English and his own — through a wildstyle of house/garage drums, familiar basslines, and funk/jazz-oriented melodies.
On the lead track, "Cellphone," Dirty Bird's smooth cadence at the mic and keys weaves through patterns of hyper-percussion.
released February 24, 2023
Vocalists - dirty bird, Netanya, Leon English
Album Art Design - Rasheed LaPointe
Mastering: Torin Clay