Boomkat Product Review:
There’s a Rat Heart album due later this year and we can tell you now it’s AOTY kinda gear; basically tapping into so many things we love, soulful-but-fukced-diy-boogie-pop somewhere between Actress, Arthur Russell and the sorta excavated madness you’ll find on the PPU label; lo-fi but super deadly production that’s all subs and sparkling keys offset by a dry but soulful vocal delivery. This tape here is your first introduction; mixing album tracks with skits/edits and theeee saltiest intro poking at the “transparent middle class agenda”, ja.
Keen ears will have spotted a few of these tracks on that recent Space Afrika RA Podcast and we can tell u there’s already a perceptible buzz round here about Rat Heart - the artist fka Tom Boogizm. His Shotta Tapes label has in the last year released a series of collectable and deadly mixtapes focusing on UK drill, South African Kwaito, grime and ‘00s road rap, alongside Tom’s own anything-goes style in a way that's reflective of his broad and super deep knowledge worming into every musical nook imaginable.
Rat Heart (say it with enough manc = rat-arsed) is basically like someone with the best fuckign taste assembling and mixing the deepest stash of tunes, spanning a multitude of mostly un-named genres and paying zero interest/respect to whatever promoted shite is the latest flavour of the moment. It’s just a mad run of the illest tunes, all self produced, with yr man also providing MC duties and a genuinely soulful/real singing voice that somehow makes him one of the most original producers you’ll hear operating in any scene right now.
grab the tape and hold tight for the album, it’s gonna b real.