Hamburg's Taprikk Sweezee Redeems The Use of Autotune in R&B
What’s that name again? No, not Patrick Swayze.
Auto-tune is still, and will always be, annoying. But when a guy completely embraces his robot side like Taprikk Sweezee does, it’s no longer a crutch. It’s a freaking musical instrument.
Combining his vocoded vocals with thickly layered beats, this German artist takes R&B to the place Flying Lotus took instrumental hip hop. The melodies are pretty straight up R&B stuff, but the production is heady. It’s like R Kelly took a bunch of acid.
Taprikk’s dropped an EP called Conversea at the end of 2010, and his new Poly EP is due out this month. On a little side note, you can win a vinyl copy of Poly through our friends at Moovmnt by spelling “Taprikk Sweezee” in a weird, wonky, creative way. An odd premise for a contest, but a good one.
Hear a little taste of Poly below.