Catarrh Nisin and Swordman Kitala
Fast 'n furious post-grime cybernetix from Japanese MC Catarrh Nisin and producer 6v9id, backed with a trio of hyper-sweet Ugandan dancehall bumps courtesy of Kampala's Swordman Kitala. Tip!
Properly ruined material here from Nisin and 6v9id, who take the essence of grime and transport it into a futuristic off-world, spraying Wiley, Dizzee and co's subversive templates with chromium paint then dipping 'em in liquid nitrogen. 'Doubt' comes off like the soundtrack to an interplanetary war; 6v9id's beat is aggressively overdriven and hyperactive, while Nisin's vocal adds aggression, motion and limitless energy. 'GGG' is more restrained rhythmically, but offers Nisin more room to impress as an MC, rhyming in doubletime over seismic industrial noise and glitchy detritus. Compared with these two tracks 'Spit' is a relatively easy breezer, and clears the air for a moment with drill-influenced bass, prickly claps and a dextrous Japanese vocal from Nisin.
On the flip, Swordman Kitala - best known for his collaborations with Scotch Rolex and Slikback - embraces dancehall on a trio of airy belters that show off his versatility as a vocalist. On 'Your Ma Babe' he absorbs multiple personalities, and flows, shifting cadence from bar to bar sometimes over rigid electroid beats, and he keeps up the momentum on the anthemic 'We De Gail a Mad Over', a poppy summer slice that wouldn't sound out of place blaring out of a Bluetooth speaker in the park this year. Whether you're into SVBKVLT, Hakuna Kulala or The Bug, there's something you'll be able to sink yer teeth into here.
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