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- GENKIDAMA EP by GILA
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 11 August 2016
XL continue on their streak of hyper-hi-fi modern electronic production with this one called Gila, this possibly being his debut. I’ve only got the lead track ‘Tuff Whisper’ and some previews of the rest to go by so bear with me.
The beats contained here are largely slow, swaying from side to side like a pendulum having a digital crisis. Glassy synth textures collide with thick R&B/trap basses in a textural ocean where washes of hissy white noise rise up and get wrestled down occasionally by thick drum samples (‘Snopack’ seems to be the chunkiest here). Extra points for the ridiculous breathy vocal warping on ‘Tuff Whisper’, in which the voice begins as a wobbling melody before retreating into the lisp for the less intense sections. Ghostly. See recent XL things from MssingNo and Sam Gellaitry for reference.
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