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Boomkat Product Review:
Long one-to-watch, Denver’s Gila drops bags of killer drums on a definitive debut album with exploratory hip hop label Lex records.
‘Energy Demonstration’ pays up dividends on the promise of Gila’s 12”s for XL and Benji B’s Deviation, and productions for Haleek Maul over the past decade, showing off his drummer’s instincts across 12 tracks of high grade productions bound to hit that spot with beat music connoisseurs of all stripes.
Gila’s drums seriously talk to us in every cut, using tightest sleight-of-hand syncopation and minimal touches of melody and spatialized atmospheric synth textures in a way that many other beat-driven albums simply don’t.
We’re chatting about ‘Whoalotta’, with its doomy pads and cone-troubling subs that congeal into a killer sort of dub-techno stepper, and the ludicrous amounts of swing in the marching band snare trills and offset boom of ‘Death Slump.’ Or the trunk-rattling electrobass pressure to ‘Buffalo 2 Miami’, and proper air-stepping specials like ’85 Rider Original’ with its scooping low end and scudding jazz notes, and especially the 2-steppy diffraction of ‘Aloe Drip.’