Despite living in the same city, Marc Dos Santos David & Sylvester Meighan often collaborate together online, concocting glistening beat-driven pop and beatific R&B as Molo via the Splice platform. Previous releases on The Playground and Eklektik, as well as remixes for the likes of Theo Parrish, Crystal Fighters and Octa Push, have solidified this London duo as one of the most exciting talents in the wider beat scene diaspora and this June, they arrive on Symbols with the Shapes EP. Comprised of five songs led off by “Conditions”, a collaboration with indomitable London songwriter Ayelle (see her Machine EP), Shapes is a striking label debut, full of organic percussion and earworm melodies that seem to exist in the ether long after each song ends.
Combining dance-forward rhythms with carefully crafted melodies and texture-heavy sound design, Molo walk the line between club fare and headphone music effortlessly and Shapes is the type of release that is best played loud, but doesn’t necessitate a dancefloor. Songs like the aforementioned “Conditions” and “Wolves” work classic instrumentation into a forward-thinking production aesthetic, allowing rich, soothing synths to play adjacent homemade percussion sounds, the resultant synthesis oozing an inherent humanity that’s all too rare in most electronic compositions. Born out of a background in sound design and an innate sense of atmosphere, Shapes has the ability to fill whatever room or headspace it’s played in, making it a perfect fit for the Symbols roster and a dramatic step forward for this talented London duo.