Rising to prominence as one of the go-to producers and DJs for the Odd Future collective in the early 2010s, Sydney Bennett, AKA Syd Tha Kyd, was often confined to the background — of the stage and the group’s recognition — owing to its founder, Tyler, The Creator, and his propensity for controversy (see the lyrics on ‘She’), as well as the burgeoning successes of individual members’ solo careers, most notably Earl Sweatshirt and Frank Ocean. Having made her mark on the group with a selection of aggressively bass-heavy productions, the last five years have seen Syd come into her own not only as a producer but as a singer with her soul and R&B-influenced band The Internet. Following on from three worthy releases, 2011’s Purple Naked Ladies, 2013’s Feel Good, and 2015’s Ego Death, this month heralds the release of Syd’s debut solo LP, Fin.
On a first listen it’s clear that, despite the title stating otherwise, Fin is only the beginning of Syd’s latest musical incarnation. Having dropped the ‘Kyd’ status from her name, the record belies a musical maturity and clarity of vision that is both a departure from her work as part of Odd Future and The Internet, as well as a continuation of the themes she incubated there.
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[This piece was originally published in Clash Magazine on 09/2/17]