Boomkat Product Review:
Karkossyn knuckles out the crankiest illbient/trip-hop dread on debut with UVB-76 Music - RIYL Pessimist, JK Flesh, Macro Dub Infection era Kevin Martin, Christoph De Babalon.
The ‘Troubled Youth EP’ is a logical extension of UVB-76 Music’s asceticism into D&B’s darker, slower, sibling strains of downbeat crud. It sounds like Tavis Hitchcock aka Karkossyn gets out of bed the wrong side every day, hits a tarry bong, necks a special brew and goes to work on an auld Amiga.
‘Blame Yourself’ stumps up a sort screwed and hobbled hip hop like JK Flsh’s nastiest, and ‘Lost Cause’ lays down crushing dread bass with a trowel. ‘All This Hate’ serves lip curl darkside hip hop swag and ‘Covered In Sand’ uncoils reticulated breaks like something that slunk out of CDB’s studio when he wasn’t looking. The UK dread is dialled up to noxious degrees in ‘City Chaos’ like a southern answer to Blackhaine produced by Karim Maas, and the bad belly churn of its title tune begs a change of gruds when you’re done with it.