Doprah, “San Pedro”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.28.14 in Listen to This

On “San Pedro,” New Zealand’s Doprah — the recording alias of Steven Marr and Indira Force — recall glazed-over, skin-crawling mystery of Tricky’s Maxinquaye. Force murmurs more than sings, slurring words together, her verses stumbling forward as if in some kind of woozy narcotic trance. Marr’s production echoes that mood: it’s comprised mainly of ominously twinkling, minor-key synths, weird rushes of digital fog and a bassline that creeps and tiptoes like a ghoul working his way into a child’s bedroom at night.