Boomkat Product Review:
Duppy Gun/Roolingz Musik crooner RDL Shellah comes correct with a SKRS-produced maxi EP that hovers between Anderson Paak's dusted soul and vintage lovers rock, spiked with an expectedly psychedelic twist.
Formerly known as RDL, RDL Shellah impressed earlier in the year with his Smurphy-produced 'Streets' 7". Now he's back to mark the opening of the Duppy Gun / Bokeh Versions / Roolings Muzik studio in Jamaica. Funded by Bandcamp sales, the studio was built by I Jahbar, who wanted to provide creative guidance - as well as engineering knowhow - for Jamaica's young vocalists. "Showcase" is the first music to emerge from the completed studio, and it's a roaring success.
Canadian collective Seekersinternational handle the production, tapping into their obsession with lovers rock (last witnessed on the "LoversDedicationStation" album) to shock the concept with their constantly shifting, FX-heavy style. So tracks like opener 'Turn Mi On' and lead single 'Bad Wine' distort slippery backdrops of dusted funk drums and smoove electric piano with unexpected rhythmic twists and production quirks that aptly coalesce with Shellah's impressive vocals.
On 'Come Out', SKRS drop a library funk riddim, but Shellah fires it into the future with his rapid-fire rhymes and limber Autotuned choruses. 'Rich Mi Proud' draws a dotted line from Kingston to London with a rattling nu-grime riddim and muted bars from Shellah, while 'Touch Road' sounds like a collision of Dipset, DMZ and Shabba Ranks.