‘Landscapes’ opens with a filtered piano followed by a snappy two-step break before a simple but bewitching bassline fills the surrounding space. Kublai’s friend and collaborator Note turns up to add his own emotional depth with some beautiful vocal stylings. Whilst listening I’m transported to a magical peaceful landscape of the mind where I’m gliding effortlessly through peaks and valleys like a character from a Myazaki film. Sublime!
‘Before I Leave’ has a similar vastness about it but this time it feels slightly more uneasy. Kublai sure knows how to pick complimentary sounds. Whether it's his sinister keys, flutes, pitched up vocals or vibraphones he makes sure they each have their space to work their magic against his airtight beats and enveloping bass lines. Other-worldly!