Boomkat Product Review:
Big Peace (fka Big War) furthers ONO’s fecund run with his sprawling debut beat tape demonstrating a dreamy knack for deceptively loose, user-friendly rap instrumentals with Peace, following a teasing mixtape split with Originally A Dancer earlier in ’16.
As one of the DJs and captains of rap club night No White Tee’s alongside Joey B and **** ***, and a mainstay of the Generic Greeting Collective, your boy Big Peace holds down a wide range of styles rooted in regional and current US hip hop, but is also liable to wander into more vaporous electronica, latinate Dembow rhythms and blunted boogie, finding the woozy, hypnotic commonalities between all sorts of good stuff.
In some respects he shares a lot in common with another Ono alumni, Tom Boogizm, especially the downbeat pacing and red-eyed vibes. However his output differs when it comes to sampling, offering a looser blend of cherry-picked licks and loops combined with low-key original production and drum programming; an aesthetic perhaps best defined in the respectfully titled Aisha, which turns a choice lick of Fatima Al Qadiri’s Ayshay into a lean sort of cloud rap instrumental.
The subsequent 19 tracks follow a mazily syncretic, oneiric route of his own, whether warping reggaeton with a weird Reese bass cadence in Knew Too Much, stroking off some greazy ambient boogie in Bodyhigh, and serving the dancefloor with the coiled bump of Bonus Edit.
If you fancy something like a lo-fi Equiknoxx, a leaner version of Actress’ Thriller bits, or a wigged-out adjunct to Astral Black’s output; this one you!