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London’s captain of the darnce calibrates his style in step with Afrobeats and South African amapiano styles
Holding perhaps the deepest examples of his sound since DVA slowed down from grime during the UKF era, the ‘Afrotek EP’ sees him bind prevailing Afro and UK currents at their tightest and rudest in a handful of aces with prominent vox by :3lon, Mez, and Mxshi Mo, plus co-production by leaders of the Afro-UK new school, Scottie Dee and DJ Polo.
Cutting layers deeper than his Gqom-skooled DRMTRK shots, he keeps everything tucked well in-the-pocket with ample amapiano-styled trills and tense synthlines gelled together by a UK sort of subbass appreciation. ‘Flex’ stakes his style upfront with :3lon’s soul flow offset by tendon-twang bass drum trills, all found instrumentally on ‘Sleeper,’ and with added atmospheric pressure in the extended mix, while Mez lends a grimy UKF lilt to ‘Bless The Earth,’ benefitting from co-producky by garage/UKF pioneer Scottie Dee and Bristol drum fiend DJ Polo. However ‘Afrotek’ is the one for the heads, squashing Gqom’s choral hooks and martial snares with showerface, killer electroid UKF stabs.