Boomkat Product Review:
One of the most exciting producers around proves what all the fuss is aboot with his 'Waterfall' EP.
Since sidling in with the astonishing beats of his 'Kings and Them' EP, and a concept suite inspired by a Soviet signal transmitter - as you do - the Merseyside-bred producer was rightfully snaffled by Kanye West to produce a highlight of 'Yeezus' - aka the most radical hip hop album in a decade - and, if the rumours are true, is destined to drop heat for even bigger names in the not so distant future.
But right now the barely hinged 'Waterfalls' showcases a uncompromising, febrile mind at work boosting hip hop and electronica where it needs to go. The addictive Hardstyle synth spirals and hellishly pitched vocal ident of 'Salt Carousel' boots the EP up with a nitrous dizziness, before 'Fxck Idol' bangs out a crushing coda of drill hip hop and the unfeasibly tight chops of 'Propeller' play with the ruffest lean and teasing drops. And it's perhaps 'Waterfall' that best displays his practically unparalleled ear for up-to-the-second electronic freakiness, taking that Dipset trancehall sound to a stranger, darker zone with uncannily saccharine keys, hyperventilating rhythms, and crackishly manic stabs. Peak!