bEEdEEgEE: SUM/ONE

The keyboardist with New York experimentalists Gang Gang Dance stages his solo debut

bEEdEEgEE looks like a talented toddler’s first attempts to touch type. In fact it stands for the initials of Brian DeGraw, keyboardist with New York experimentalists Gang Gang Dance, here making his solo debut. An intriguing sprawl it turns out to be too.

Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor lends his tender croon to the very Hot Chippy “(FUTD) Time of Waste” while CSS singer Lovefoxxx crops up on the brooding electro-ballad “Flowers”. “Bricks”, with its mix of ghostly rave vocals, stop-start beats and fluid bass, sums up both the busyness of DeGraw’s imagination and his ability to channel it productively.

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