Boomkat Product Review:
Slick updates of tuffer ‘90s dancehall, cut with traces of dembow and fresh electronic palette. Swing Ting straight killing it again
“Flex Dance Music producer Epic B lands on UK-based Swing Ting imprint with his first full EP. The New York native's four tunes show off his technical prowess as a producer of tough dancehall-ready club weapons.
Born and raised in Brownsville, East New York, Epic B is a producer, DJ, vocalist, and visual artist. Initially known for his work as a hip hop producer — along with production for the likes of Vybz Kartel and Popcaan back in 2009 — he's now a fundamental member and pioneer of the Flex Dance Music scene. Epic is also the music director for FlexN, a show which the New York Times called part protest, part dance party, part collective autobiography.Late Night FlexN is Epic's first solo release showcasing his unique artistic versatility.
The EP begins with One Time a bittersweet burner where lush arpeggiated synths sit atop a rolling dembow beat, co-produced by fellow FDM boy Uninamise and featuring Epic's own vocals. Be With Me - aided by a guest appearance from Eddie Hill - moves into tougher territory with tight percussive drum patterns, ruff fills & skewed vox chops building into a euphoric club banger. Eazy dives deeper and darker into the dancehall as brooding pads, snare rolls, subs, sirens & skittering hats collide in a deadly fashion. Rounding off the set, FDM throwback Serenity Riddim channels raw, bashment minimalism fused with Epic's signature flourishes to prime the cut for maximum dancefloor energy."