During the 2010s, London-based producer/vocalist Palmistry (Benjamin Keating) received acclaim for his innovative blend of dancehall, alternative R&B, and grime.
His airy, melancholy songs combine elements of contemporary Caribbean rhythms (with artists like Vybz Kartel
being significant influences) and ambient synthesizer textures, along with Keating's softly sung introspective lyrics about loneliness and heartache. Palmistry first surfaced in 2011 with a self-released EP titled Cut. In 2012, he released a mixtape titled I Swear and produced NXB, the debut album by Triad God
(Vietnam-born rapper Vinh Soi Ngan). He joined Dre Skull's Mixpak
label in 2013, debuting with the single "Catch." Palmistry's Lil Gem EP on Lorenzo Senni
label, the Mixpak
single "Protector SE5," and the self-released EP Ascensión all arrived in 2014. He also collaborated with Sunless '97
for a song titled "Aia." The single "Memory Taffeta" appeared in 2015, and his debut album, Pagan, was released in 2016. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi