The Log.Os: A Fresh Take On Soul

"Cancerous," a standout song from the mysterious Log.Os — "pictured" here — is a heavenly and adventurous slice of synthetic soul. i

"Cancerous," a standout song from the mysterious Log.Os — "pictured" here — is a heavenly and adventurous slice of synthetic soul. Emiliano Bry Fausto hide caption

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"Cancerous," a standout song from the mysterious Log.Os — "pictured" here — is a heavenly and adventurous slice of synthetic soul.

"Cancerous," a standout song from the mysterious Log.Os — "pictured" here — is a heavenly and adventurous slice of synthetic soul.

Emiliano Bry Fausto

Thursday's Pick

Song: "Cancerous"

Artist: The Log.Os

CD: λόγος

Genre: Soul

Electronics, samples and vocals are all fed into The Log.Os' music, and a fresh take on soul comes out. The band's songs splash around in the same gene pool as neo-soul artists like Erykah Badu, but they reach forward to pull ideas from glitch-hop producers such as Flying Lotus and Prefuse 73. Finding a musical link to downtempo artists like Massive Attack doesn't require much a stretch, either.

The Log.Os is a project spearheaded by producer Ken Barrientos; it features almost a dozen guest vocalists and musicians to build the 10 tracks on the group's free album, λόγος. The release's title references an ancient past, but the music does anything but.

"Cancerous" is introduced with shy, microscopic synths and a massive beat — it gets off to a cold and mechanical start. The song eventually warms up, though, as lustrous vocals crash against glossy layers of electronic bliss. Vocalist Iman Omari starts singing, and his emotive voice is gently wrapped in synthesized melodies and fluttering saxophones. Occasionally, the horns squawk, but they don't take away from the track's smoothness. "Cancerous" bows out prematurely, but it still stands as a heavenly slice of synthetic soul.

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