Boomkat Product Review:
Grade 10’s Prayer joins Bristol’s bastion of proggy bass music, Black Acre, with the sweeping classical-meets-dance set pieces of the ‘Vital EP’
“PRAYER’s outsider sound is as easily recognisable as it is hard to pin-point; it lives at a cross section of influences from classical to jungle and breaks to ambient. After his ‘SEEING’ EP and ‘I / II’ cassette release in 2017, PRAYER returns to affiliate label BLACK ACRE with ‘VITAL’. Again, PRAYER blurs the lines between sorrowful sounds and high-voltage club energy in VITAL; a piece of art that refuses to be boxed off by genre or stereotype.
Opener FEAR explores the producers love of film music; a dark sci-fi landscape punctuated with drums and melodic synths, a Bladerunner-esque track. Moving on, A2 ‘I’M STILL HERE’ is an anthem, a nostalgic mix of hardcore, jungle and classical influences with a DIY, rough and ready feel.
On the other side, PRAYER shows his talent for the piano with B1 - KIND, finessing the skills that reflect his first adventures in sound. It’s an emotive, stripped back number. The final track is B2 - VITAL, another drum-heavy, weighty track that sounds only like PRAYER - as ideal for the club as it is for headphones.”