Jimmy Edgar has announced his his new solo release Cheetah Bend, will drop on February 26, via Innovative Leisure, the label also responsible for his recent J-E-T-S output with Machinedrum. The full-length was made in Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles. Over the past fifteen years, Edgar has worked as a producer with Vince Staples and Sophie, and arrives years after his previous solos release Majenta. “The value I bring is hybridization,” Jimmy explains of his approach. “I think about different universes of sound coming together to create an entirely new domain of knowing.”
Building upon his prior collaborative endeavors, not the least of which being the various EPs released on his own Ultramajic imprint throughout the 2010s, Cheetah Bend finds Jimmy working in tandem with a veritable vanguard of forward-thinking artists towards his unique vision. “SOPHIE and I spent time together trading files, sounds and techniques, developing a new kind of version of modal synthesis,” Jimmy says of having used resonators and delays to emulate sonic environs akin to pipes, tunnels, and vibrating sheets. Cheetah Bend also achieves its ethos with the aid of some well-placed vocal guests. Danny Brown does irreparable microphone damage to “Get Up,” a tough love motivational set to springy synth flourishes and bass rattling. Toronto singer Rochelle Jordan, a recent J-E-T-S collaborator, imbues the lithe R&B suite “Crank” with her breathy delivery, while Atlanta trapper B La B spits streetwise singsong over a rugged and snappy beat. And nowhere is this collaborative spirit better expressed than in advance single “Bent” on which TNGHT’s Hudson Mohawke adds inflections to Jimmy’s signature bass rattle.
The culmination of a catalog brimming with high points, Cheetah Bend rewards fans who’ve gladly stuck with him over the years, and invites a new batch of listeners to dive into his world. Above all, it remains true to his artistry. “I’m not willing to sacrifice integrity,” he asserts, reflecting on the path that got him here. “Now we create a new reality.”