10/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 23 May 2014
LA based youth genius Napolian (a.k.a Ian Evans) follows his killer debut EP ‘Rejoice’ (still in stock slow lads) with an epic full length LP for Daniel Lopatin’s Software label and, to be honest, I’m fucking stoked. Napolian’ productions are a thing of rare beauty. Instrumental hip-hop built with a true respect for the craft yet devoid of the sample heavy techniques from which the genre derives. This is all new, no dust cutz. He’s so talented it makes me wanna throw my MPC2000 in the skip and retreat into a corner to weep a thousand tears. Along with fellow label mate Dro Carey and the likes of say Onra and Clams Casino, Napolian is keeping the dream alive and pushing the genre forward with modern techniques that frankly boggle the mind.
So, plenty to get your teeth into here. Things start super strong with ‘Is it Love?’, ‘W (Dub)’ and ‘I’m Yours’ before getting meaty with LA swag on the likes of ‘Reminisce’ and the ultra funky on ‘1 peter 1:3-4’ which brings to mind a dream scenario where J Dilla is still living and has just put out a remix of Ford & Lopatin’s ‘Strawberry Skies’ from the first Games EP. In parts it gets a little industrial for my general tastes, as on the Dro Carey collab ‘Therm.G’ or ‘Darpa’ and at times it’s almost on a Neptunes/Timberland tip (see CD bonus track ‘Seal VI’) but it’s that kind of variety that keeps this collection rolling on plus it only heightens the excitement of hearing his mutated soul jam ‘Escobar (feat. Dezo) or the majesty of electro-G-funk title track ‘Incurio’.
So, not only did this full length come from outta nowhere but it’s smashing the fuck out of 2014 competition so far. Ian, may you live long and produce many a sick beat. oh, and please tour. Got a blunt waiting for ya buddy.
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