Elk Beats is US-based imprint that operates on 100% self distribution and an intention of facilitating a platform forward-thought. Founder of the label, Donnie ‘Esh-One’, has been a largely prolific figure in the United States underground scene, whether it’s his dedication to dubplate culture (the man has PILES of acetate!) or his ever-changing styles within the production arena. You can always count on fresh-sounding music to be hosted by an innovator like Donnie.
The ‘In Your Eyes’ EP marks the twelfth release for Elk Beats and showcases a downtempo cosmic ethos. Raggs is an OG dubstep figurehead who has long been part of El-B’s infamous Ghost Recordings crew as well as the Croydub event regularly held in Croydon. One of the baddest females around. She has done vocals for two beats that are produced by Dubface and Kinzy. The release definitely holds the vibe of darker, more emotional 140 styles. The title track, In Your Eyes, is produced by DubFace – who has been producing grime and dubstep for the past 8 years or so – and is my favorite beat off the release. The swing of the drum pattern and the analog sound of the lead high synth add a perfect amount of gritty-emotion to the vocals laid down by Raggs. The final track of the release is ‘Surrender’ produced by Kinzy. Kinzy has long been making a good beat or two as well as hosting his radio show on Rood FM Mondays 2-4PM (GMT). This track is next-level. The spacey textures, colorful synth-work, and evocative processing of Raggs vocals make this tune a seriously cosmic piece of bass music. The minimal percussion that is so intricately placed adds a perfect “cherry on top” to this whole mixdown.
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