Catalog #O___O005LP-COL
ReleaseW 03 - 2023
FormatVinyl - UKLP
 € 35,50 incl. VAT, excl. shipping


  1. The Ape Prince
  2. The Lighthouse
  3. The General
  4. Bad Karma
  5. Parable I
  6. Parable II
  7. Moon, I Already Know
  8. Foreshadowing
  9. The River, The Garden
  10. The Lethe, The Sea


Rush Hour Store Record of the week W06:

This week we're heading back to the distant past of 2020 for ‘Glass Lit Dream’, Ian Mugerwa's debut album as Dawuna. Previous forrays with 'Ot To, Not To' gave us a glimpse of the otherwordly bedroom-R&B that was to come, however, this is the Dawuna solo full length in all its glory - the mastered edition on the O___o? label.

This record is the rhizomatic dream of bedroom R&B connecting worlds from the digital ultra-precise with lo-fi, the organic voice with digital sampling, music with noise. Behind a layer of different connections, the record plays oddly coherent – in a way much like a dream that is shrouded in a mist. ‘Glass Lit Dream’ couldn't be more of a precise title for the record.

‘Glass Lit Dream’ is a futuristic take on music whilst there’s a clear link with the past. It would not be a stretch if names such as D'Angelo or Prince come to mind whilst zoning out to this. Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too. (RZ)


* *Orders are limited to one per (consumer) customer on this title due to limited availability. **

"Astonishing smouldering R&B flex from Brooklyn’s Dawuna, making strong debut moves on the ace O___o? label that gave us LA Timpa’s first record. If u like it slow x dripping in a prince/d'angelo style with intricate. almost concrète production - this is as good as it gets. The debut of the decade? Aye, we reckon v possibly.

Slow baked for a gooey core and crispy texture, and laced with sonic THC, Dawuna’s ‘Glass Lit Dream’ settles on the soul like the time delayed release of a good edible. It’s a hugely accomplished first effort, drawing comparisons with everyone from Tricky to Prince at his wooziest and most downbeat, to the timeless frayed intimacies of Leila’s ‘Like Weather’, or the assymetrc pop skew of Mica & Tirzah, yet patently possessed of its own worries. The magick lies in how Dawuna works them out, channelling a quiet stream of consciousness thru velvet vocals, ranging from aching croon to ASMR whispers, and most nimbly stitched to crunchy drums and nagging licks that feel like Burial and Timbaland productions re-imagined by Bernard Parmegiani.

Occupying a shadowy fidelity that’s too meticulous to be called lo-fi, but clearly not oozing typical R&B gloss, the 10 songs hold a huge amount of broad appeal while boldly reserving the right to fuck with you and switch track at right angles without notice. They play out in mixtape form, crucially bridged with crafty transitions that make it feel like we’re sleepwalking around Dawuna’s dreams between the mechanical knocks, domestic rustle and close miked vox of ‘The Ape Prince’ and bruised blooz of ‘The Lethe, The Sea.’ We’re totally snagged on the stranger Afro-Goth R&B lilt of ‘The General’ (that ends with a remarkable ASMR/concrète spell), and the Timba-tight drums and sore vocal motif of ‘Bad Karma’ lay a proper earworm, while ‘Moon, I already know’ is an unmissable piece of gently curdled, alien gospel recalling a tempered, less flamboyant fusion of Arca and Autre Ne Veut to our lugs.

A crazy, brilliant record - don’t miss it."

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