No, Val-Inc is not a company. It’s a person whose real name is Val Jeanty. Originally from Haiti, but residing in New York City since the late-1990s, Val composes a style of music she calls “Afro Electronica,” which pretty much sums it up perfectly. The seven tracks on this CD all form one long, flowing piece with no breaks. Restrained, quiet drum and percussion beats, synth storm swirl drones and low end turntable grooves lay the foundation for the shaking didgeridoo and sax squeaks to do their thing. And the spoken poetry, singing and vocal loops add a dash of reality to this subdued dream, in which Val somehow manages to build a wide, candle-lit atmosphere with surprisingly few ingredients. Clocking in at just 30 minutes, this album is definitely short but sweet, and the artwork / graphic design is top-notch. It’s on!
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