Boomkat Product Review:
Really strong EP of supremely low slung and unusual instrumentals from Denver's Gila for Lex, deployed with a kind of syruppy but loose-limbed swagger somewhere between vintage Kaman Leung, Flying Lotus and Andy Stott. Tipped!
"Born Kyle Reid, Gila was a talented jazz drummer and percussionist until diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis forced him to give up his sticks at age 17. Turning to his laptop, he channeled his frustrated musicality into beat making. GILA, (pronounced hee-la) is named for the gila monster, the only venomous lizard native to the United States. Often slow, full of texture, and deadly, the gila monster possesses many of the same qualities in GILA’s music.
GILA first made waves in 2012 with rap duo Gorgeous Children. Their self-titled mixtape showcased a sound equally inspired by Nine Inch Nails and contemporary rap beats, and quickly picked up support from publications like The Washington Post, Noisey, Fact, SPIN & Stereogum. In 2014 he released a solo track on Glasgow institution Lucky Me’s Advent compilation, and shared stages with fellow Lucky Me alumni Hudson Mohawke and Rustie. 2015 found him contributing to XL Recordings’ Chapter VI compilation, which also featured tracks from Kaytranada, Novelist and Mumdance.
His signature, hard-edged productions should appeal to fans of Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing, Hudson Mohawke, Jacques Greene, Lunice, Telefon Tel Aviv & Suicideyear."