Boomkat Product Review:
XL capture Gorgeous Children beat maker, Gila, for a supremely slow and rugged instrumental trap suite, notching up his first physical release in the process. A big look for fans of Burial, Andy Stott, or The Haxan Cloak!
Debuting as half of Gorgeous Children alongside Face Vega with the acclaimed ICE mixtape and an eponymous album for Purple Tape Pedigree in 2012, Gila Monsta (as he’s also known) has been an elusive entity ever since, only cropping up on Rustie’s Green Language album and LuckyMe’s Advent series over the interim.
However, he subtly, if firmly introduces his presence with the Genkidama EP, ranking among ’16s most striking solo debuts with a fearless, disciplined sense of minimalism backed up by weight and space in all the right places.
It takes some cajones to keep your production this stripped but gripping, confidently preferring suggestion and inference over smacking his message home, as he excels at between the Clams Casino-meets-Burial bounce of Tuff Whisper and the Jap-influence trap mission of Snopack, whilst Don’t Chirp goes properly heads down in the dankest Atlanta fashion, making the lush, gauzy chords of Jetski Moment resonate even stronger by contrast.
This is really strong stuff.