Delroy Edwards 'Hangin' At The Beach' (L.A Club Resource)
Delroy Edwards’ label L.A. Club Resource has been going since 2013 and during that time became notable not just for his own releases, but because it reissued a number of Memphis rap rarities. For an artist who was ostensibly working in the house and techno mould, it pointed to ears that were bigger than his own scene. While most artists tend to get more refined as they get older, Edwards seems to have gone the opposite direction, and ‘Hangin’ At The Beach’ is as casual as its title suggests. Sold as his debut LP, it actually sounds more like a collection of meandering, often downright experimental sketches: there are 30 of them in total, two-thirds of which are less than two minutes long. It sounds distinctly lo-fi, too, bringing to mind both the tape hiss of Memphis’ Lil Noid and the early sound of Ariel Pink. Edwards now sits somewhere inbetween the noisy electronics of LIES, the lo-fi aesthetic of ‘90s Memphis gangster rap and hazy hypnagogic pop. But while his musical journey has become a richer tapestry, it also requires a lot of patience in order to be appreciated.