Boomkat Product Review:
One Bok’s drill label AP Life (sibling of Night Slugs) take a brilliantly unexpected left-turn to 2020’s London dream-pop grunge with Curl alum Baby_ASL’s debut echoing bar italia, Bianca Scout, Mica Levi or Kontakt Group via Broadcast and Blood Orange
Chasing up predominantly drill/grime drops by Nammy Wams, Kid D, Majima and A.G. on AP Life, the four avant-pop songs on ’Snakeskin’ lend an attractive new sidespin to the label’s agenda. It leads off from her ‘Bloom’ cut, produced by Lol K’s juniorXL for ‘Curl Compilation 2’ (2021), and tentative offerings to the Internet, with an enchantingly soulful sort of indiepop scuzz-meets-doleful drill crud that’s evidently time stamped to London in the late ‘10s and early 2020s.
Aesthetically baked in bedroom atmosphere and bathed by roadside light, the songs are riddled with memorable, bluesy hooks and offset by sparing use of ruggedly blown-out drill tropes, as epitomised by her outstanding introduction ‘Hostile City’, and even leaning to the feel of stark black metal intros with the martial drums and Lolina-like lullaby of ‘Restraint’, whereas ‘Blur’ echoes the folksy sentiment of Joanna Robertson, and ‘Wings’ goes on like bar italia in the backseat of an A-Class on nocturnal shotting manoeuvres.