Getintothis’ Patrick Clarke unearths heartbreak, hip hop and future-pop at their finest in the latest of his new music round ups.
There’s no better feeling when an artist arrives fully formed, with no need to talk about potential, prospects, the future etc. It’s all about now.
LA collective Villain Park are just such a group, the rappers whose debut EP Same Old Shit, has every hallmark of the same sudden rise to genius as Pro Era earlier this decade.
Backed by amorphous, weaving beats from Smoke Dawg that could sit anywhere in hip hop history from early Outkast to present, every verse from Smokey V, Classicko, Niftee and kilaM comes laden with individual flow, twists of personality, yet dovetails to a finished article as potent with gritty, confident pre-eminence as modern rap can be.
Having fled the states for Europe, Girlyboi‘s new single, cut from their debut EP out next month, is something else entirely. The twosome’s new single Bedside boasts s0ngwriting of elusive calibre; a raw, spacious drift of vulnerable, droning acoustics, topped by heartbreaking trades of harmony that move the soul on a fundamental level.
German future-pop trio Bombee, finally, seek a similar emotive edge on new single Clear Lines, a drifting, dusky opus of brooding electronica, lying in the beautiful fragility between the human tenderness of pining vocal and the icy distance of a cold, melancholy instrumental.