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R.I.P: The Child of Lov dies aged 26

Rising star, Belgium-born musician Martijn William Zimri Teerlinck, aka The Child of Lovpassed away on Tuesday (December 10th) due to complications after surgery at the young age of 26.

Statement from his management:

“On behalf of the family and as his manager I must announce that Martijn Teerlinck aka Cole Williams aka The Child of Lov aka Sun Patzer is no longer with us. He lived a life of struggle and can now rest peacefully. In his own words: ‘When I was younger, I had a tough time physically. I have seen too many hospital beds. It made me stronger. Makes you realize death is always near, for anyone. And what a wonderful thing life is and how grateful we should be.” - Cole’s Management

His self-titled debut album was released earlier this year via Domino Records to a great reception:

“Anticipation built around the Child of Lov project when it was announced that the mysterious artist would be teaming with some of the hip-hop underground’s finest, including iconic rapper MF DOOM, Flying Lotus bassist Thundercat, and Damon Albarn of the Gorillaz. In fact, by the time The Child of Lov was released, more was known about the guests’ involvement than the artist pulling the strings. Fronted by previously unknown 25-year-old graphic design student Cole Williams, the songwriter’s debut record proved to be more psychedelic than expected, even weirder than one would expect from the backing clientele. Stony, beat-heavy neo-soul is the main ingredient, with Williams’ Andre 3000 falsetto twisting around fractured soundscapes built on stony studio experimentation.

Gnarls Barkley’s The Odd Couple and Gonjasufi’s A Sufi and a Killer share a similar aesthetic, with oddly structured, detached compositions wrapped in slick production. Albarn’s lush style and expansive arrangements bring to mind his work with Danger Mouse, and Williams’ narcotic, bittersweet vibe — paired with his fragmented way of piecing a song together — makes for an outing that feels fashionable, but somewhat unsettling. The majority of the record is jam-packed with a trippy juxtaposition of horns, strings, guitars, and computerized hip-hop beats and basslines. So many competing sounds and ideas become a bit of a creative mess, and the dark mood of the slower songs “Call Me Up,” “One Day,” “Owl,” and “Warrior” can feel oppressive at times. Luckily the final track, “Give It to the People” is a good-natured, “Crazy”-esque single that is upbeat enough to make the wade through the muck worth the effort.” - Review by Jason Lymangrover (All Music)

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