Boomkat Product Review:
Next up on Felix Hall’s Chrome label; a killer C90 mixtape of B-More classics on one side, and up-to-minute rap, dembow, and outernational mutations on the flip.
Arriving hot on the heels of a B2B tape with Skee Mask, Simo now switches modes to rack up one side of rudest B-More bangers, backed with a properly up-to-the-minute B-side plotting a path from wavey French and US rap to Congo tekno mutations and warped dembow heat. If listeners need any more persuasion that Simo is one of french dance music’s finest exports, this mixtape is it.
Primed for anyone who has just done the Wire boxset during lockdown, the first side cues up a cherry-picked ruck of raw-ass Baltimore club zingers from the sound’s ‘90s heyday. Packing tonnes of dirty south call-and-response lyrics, fizzing breaks, and Miami-style bass, the B-More sound was effectively the rugged US parallel to UK hardcore, and Simo follows the likes of Finn and Dress 2 Sweat to portray the niche regional style at its party-starting best here, leading to a run of compatible, contemporaneous club killers.
Flipside, he gets craftier on a slow/fast flex, zig-zagging from road-ready rap to outernational aces and alomst autechre-compatible rhythmic heaters, before simmering the vibe from heavy rap crud to jaw-slapping steppers and slippery diffractions of dembow currents perfected for the instant rewind.