Envee ‘Time & Light’ 2LP (U Know Me) 4/5

‘Time & Light’ marks a highly anticipated return to the limelight for the Polish producer and musician Maciek “Envee” Goliński with his first solo project in seven years.

The Warsaw-based independent record label, U Know Me Records, has served as the long-term home for Envee for several years as it has for a slew of artists like the psychedelic electro-funk of P.Unity, the drum & bass electronica of producer Teielte and the multi-faceted pop of musical duo The KDMS – who all epitomise the label’s propensity for “new beats and electronic music”.

Envee has gone on to establish an incredible body of music since his debut album ‘Envee I Niewinni Czarodzieje’, released in 2003 through Kayax Productions. His first official release through U Know Me Records would follow in 2011 with the beats-heavy three track EP ‘Kali’ released on vinyl and digital formats – the digital version treats fans with an additional four tracks of remixes including mixes by Teielte and Galus so should definitely prove of interest.

Time in between solo releases bearing his own name have been mostly filled with currently just over thirty remixes for other artists, remixes for a wide range of talented artists over a host of prestigious record labels including the UK’s Wah Wah 45s (Honeyfeet, ‘Sinner’), Munich’s Jazz & Milk Recordings (Pinnawela, ‘You Can Dance’) and Jazzanova’s very own and much revered Sonar Kollektiv label (Pete Josef, ‘The Travelling Song’).

Described by Envee himself via his Bandcamp page as a project created without a clear focus, the finished version of ‘Time & Light’ is very much presented as a project with a very clear focus. Envee showcases his ability to not only interweave between genres but also skilfully sashay between eras with slices of 80s soul, 90s R&B and noughties hip-hop. There’s a strong hint of classic Prince in the production and guitar licks of ‘Nu Stompin Ground’, created with assistance from vocalist Bartek Królik; ‘Gry i Zabawy’ (featuring Muzykoterapia) is an exciting excursion into dub territory, and album highlight ‘Late Summer’ which features an excellent guest appearance from vocalist Ania Szarmach just yearns to be enjoyed under the golden rays of the summer sun.
The spirit of collaboration runs strong throughout ‘Time & Light’ with Envee embracing the opportunity to have fresh life breathed into his creations from a wave of artists, singers and rappers. Whether it be for projects like this, or through the vast amount of aforementioned remixes that Envee has available, collaboration is very much something of a motivational force that helps to bring his projects to fruition. With that in mind, we’ll look forward to see what Envee et al. cook up next time.

Imran Mirza