Boomkat Product Review:
New styles in abundance from Uli K, Kamixlo and Endgame’s Bala Club squad, and pals including Sky H1, Yung Lean, and Mechatok, giving a strong taste of London’s most exciting, boundary-reasserting club night in 2016.
United by tempo, locale and Latinate dancefloor trends, Bala Comp, Vol.1 showcases the unique aspects of each producer and vocalist in their sprawling family, offering a neon blue spectrum of songs and grooves tilting grime, drill and dancehall to a unique take on reggaeton and hypermodern pop.
From their references to Lionel Messi to the omnipresence of autotune and the weightless production and melodically bittersweet arrangements, it’s arguably a sound that couldn’t have come from any other time or place than the sweaty, grimy melting pot of the metropolis.
The club’s founder members provide definitive highlights in the likes of Kamixlo’s cavernous sidewinder Esta Noche and his nu meckle flip Ideksmfh; the sore bite and buzz of Endgame’s Tears on Road; and Uli K’s percolated uplink with Yung Lean, Schemin. But, if we’re picking percies, Sky H1’s elegiac pirouette All I Ever is fucking sublime, and Rules’ Take Me Hate Me really hits the back teef, whilst Lunarios’ Red Lagrimas and Organ Tapes’ Besitos are beautifully pained expressions of mutant reggaeton pop and R&B.
Listen for yourself, there’s tonnes on offer; but if you need any more reference, it’s a must for fans of Palmistry, Visionist, Arca.