Boomkat Product Review:
Knockout grime and Memphis-styled riddims from Glasgow’s Inkke, standing tall on LuckyMe for his highest profile release to date.
You should known the name by now; Inkke has been making some of the UK’s craftiest beats for a minute, shelling down on Local Action, Boxed, Astral Black and in stacks of mixes, both his own, and used as ammo for Slackk, Eclair Fifi, Lunice, Why Be and Mumdance.
Secret Palace is by far his sickest turn yet, twisting his grooves with ever-stylish and inventive chops but thankfully not feeling the need to pile on loads of “musical” showmanship, as is too often mistaken for “progression”.
Rather, the pressure is felt in his filigree, swerving syncopation and menacingly minimal style of construction - tending to leave acres of space between the beats, whether charging the air between his bouncing choral voices and whirring Memphis bounce in Chores and Ghost World with crackling electric shocks, or pounding out fresh, snaky slow/fasssst patterns in Sorry, or leaving loads wide-eyed room between the sheer Triton/Fairlight-esque lines and vaulted reverb architectures of Tales from the Quick.