Boomkat Product Review:
Gila has the honour of heading up the first release proper on Benji B’s highly promising Deviation label - an extension of his long-running and influential radio show - with the Pick Six EP. If you were anywhere near as into Gila’s crackshot Genkidarma EP for XL in 2016 as us, then you should be hard into this one, too.
First emerging as the producer behind short-lived gang, Gorgeous Children on Purple Tape Pedigree (now PTP) c. 2012, Gila has made scarce appearances on the XL Chapter VI compilation, LuckyMe’s Advent 14/15, and on production for Haleek Maul over the interim, calmly playing the quality-not-quantity angle in a way that’s only ratcheted the intrigue around his supremely adroit and coolly distinctive sound.
On the Pick Six EP he’s in deep blue mode, pursuing a sound that recalls the rugged delicacy of Clams Casino, Andy Stott, early Arca or even Zomby, but laced with a mind-drift appeal and the tang of outernational instrumental timbres in a way that he can surely call his own throughout the EP.
Taking in the gauzy, eastward gaze and percolated bumps of Swirl Suit alongside what sounds like a updated RZA on big highlight Pick Six, and thru the needle-point drill embroidery of Psycho Dabbler and the deliquescent dip of Code Eater, we’re clearly in the presence of a subtly gifted and visionary producer - arguably one of the most distinguished we’ve heard in recent years.
More of this, please.