Boomkat Product Review:
Fade To Mind bossman and Night Slugs' man-in-America delivers a debut mini-album of ghetto-gothic, rugged R&B mutations. 'Vertical XL' showcases the ongoing refinement of his efficient, hybrid style melding the clean, spacious contours of European tech-house and Bass music with the futurist soul feelings of current American club music. The dreamy lean of 'Bank Head' with regular vocal spar Kelela holds a sublime tension to open, whilst 'Zip Line' further explores its Art Of Noise-like hook and sparse riddim. On a darker tip, 'Corpse' configures an aerodynamic dread riddim from iced-out melody and a stuttering rhythm reminding of the tom phrase from Ron 'n Chez's remix of Round One, and 'OG Master' sounds like it was created on-the-fly in an Xbox game. 'Viper Lash' is heavy tribute to the most stripped down, stalkerish grime riddims; 'Takedown Notice' and 'Viper XL' do the holo'ed hyperboogie thing with tidy flair. RIYL Nguzunguzu, Bok Bok, Total Freedom, Jam City.