Dimitris Papadatos is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who just released a second full-length as KU, his eclectic singer-songwriter project. The Grecian artist dropped his first KU record, Feathers, back in 2013, and since then he’s delved headfirst into the electronic underground with two strikingly different aliases. Papadatos’ tunes as The Hydra are sprawling ambient-techno productions that stimulate and hypnotize. His beats as Jay Glass Dubs are much more textured and rambunctious, dub-inspired psychedelic drum and bass jams.
Although dope in their own right, these dance-oriented alter-egos are more or less exercises in style leading up to the greater creative process involved with making Ganja. Recorded in the summer of 2015 and co-produced by Prins Obi and King Elephant of Baby Guru, Ganja is a ferociously ambitious rock record.
The eight-track LP explores an impressive range of genres and vibes, from woozy, otherworldly folk (“Dry Dates”, “Cypriol”) to LSD post-rock (“Turque”) to funky electro-pop (“A Happening”, “Oolong”). Compared to his debut, the new record is stronger, more fleshed-out, largely benefiting from its dramatically disparate nature. Writing with poetic, boundary-breaking zest similar to Father John Misty and Swedish pop star Jens Lekman, Ganja is a delightfully unexpected record, even for listeners unfamiliar with Papadatos’ wealth of material.
Ganja is out now via Inner Ear Records. Listen below.