Gobstopper’s recent run of releases seems to be following a pattern of not following a pattern. I say that knowing full well how stupid a sentence that might read, but every new drop is a tricksy thing. They’re all built from a similar palette of hollow synthesizers and minimal yet tonk drum work with one eye closed, deep in a dream state, but Iglew’s 'Urban Myth EP' sounds nothing like his labelmates. His awkward grasp on rhythm sticks out by a country mile.
"Producers that've come out of leftfield and planted themselves firmly on my radar with this tune."
Yeah I know, you'd have to pay me to listen to a whole Wale album again but the snippets I keep hearing from the 'Album About Nothing' he's going to drop soon are intriguingly wacko in the extreme. Even that excitement-vacuum J.Cole can't kill the oddity here. Potentially more fun than anything Kanye's going to do in 15.
There’s no guff necessary, this recent bloom in colourful and plump instrumental grime has felt like the perfect playing field for a producer like Deadboy to compete in. His tracks have always touted a playfulness alongside his mournful sense of sorrow and if you were to extrapolate that approach specifically to grime, you’ll find a lot of dudes still can’t test him. 'White Magick' has mood, melody and poise alongside that eerie sense of masterful minimalism.