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Shanghai-based Brit Jamie Charlton welds together drill and amapiano on this surprising new SVBKVLT EP, with remixes from Durban gqom trio Phelimuncasi and Ikonika.
If you've been listening carefully, Swimful's been covertly rustling together some of the most kinetic hybrid dance music to emerge from the SVBKVLT stable. "Rushlight" is a shift in direction but a welcome one - while his last run of tracks, including 2019's "Cache 01" banger 'Nailz', hybridized grime and sand-blasted Night Slugs club forms, this one abstracts amapiano and drill. The ubiquitous South African log drum sound is Charlton's main focus on 'Viatica', a humid downtempo roller that drives obsessively-tweaked log drum rolls into overdriven square bass grime patterns.
Charlton brings drill into the mix on 'Official Party Line', using the log drum to puncture the more trad sliding drill bass. Combined with whistles, snipped vocals and sufficiently downcast synth melodies, it's a smart fusion of two interconnected sounds that he continues on the jerky 'Backwards' and 'More Distant on Approach'. The former is a propulsive highlight that benefits from a killer rework from South African gqom originators Phelimuncasi, who take it back home for the win.