Drop everything and go listen to this EP, this ting is LEVELLLLS!
Mistakay just keeps quietly mashing work whilst everyone else continually debates the state of the industry, getting riddims licensed for RedBull projects, airplay from 1xtra, Radio1, Rinse, NTS, and generally getting himself where most producers want to be, all the evidence you need that if you work hard, and keep your head down, you can perfect your craft to the point where big things will happen for you. This EP being the proof, an outstanding project which has already garnered some serious interest from the industry.
The first riddim ‘Aup’, kicks the project off with a driving intro. Using a heavy piano for the bassline with a lighter pattern, played over the top for a melody, and a heavy kick/snare pattern with light hihats keeping pace, the riddim changes up at the drop, and the melody becomes higher and more energetic, there is a low low dirty bassline added, and the kick/snare pattern becomes more prominent. The beauty in this track is the sparse nature of all the elements, including the later drop, when the heavy piano comes back in. Barely there and banging all at once!
Track 2, ‘Charva’, is different again, coming in with heavy and airy drums, and a lighter, simple melody floating over the top, all of which mutes in an out as the intro continues. When the riddim kicks in proper, the melody synth changes, and the bassline becomes deeper and more distorted. Synth accents play throughout, some wooden, some computer like, and the while the kick/snare remains hard, they are less airy. Throughout the track, Mistakakay plays with panning and muting which brings a level of dramatic creativity that really grips you. A vibe.
The 3rd tune on the EP ‘Risky’ starts with a heavy backwards played string melody, accompanied by a skippy drum pattern, with what sound like reversed, open hihats, that play throughout, then, as the track drops, the strings become a much lighter, Indian influenced, upbeat melody, and there is a low, low muted bassline running underneath, as well as regular panned gunshots floating over the top. Throughout the riddim, the tune goes back and forth between these two styles, creating what seems like natural 8s throughout. An fully interesting structure, and switch up of styles.
‘Northerner’, the fourth wave on this project is hands down a stroke of pure genius. Big up man like Mistakay, fr. Kicking off with a scream synth, a stab-like muted in and out, skippy horn bassline that gives the impression it’s acsending and decsending, and a driving kick/symbol pattern to match, accompanied by rolling hihats, the riddim switches up completely at the drop. First we get a ‘One Step Beyond’ by Madness, sample; ‘This is the heavy heavy monster sound’, accompanied by a driving, rousing horn section sample for the melody, which is also followed in pattern by a simpler low, distorted, dirty, horn bass, all very reminiscent of ska. Mistakay accompanies this with a heavy kick/clap-like snare pattern and light hihats, which become the focal point of the track at times, when the bassline drops out and the melody becomes muted, accented only by the scream, and 2 2 computer like synths. The whole track from front to back is ‘The Wave’. Outstanding.
The closing track of the project is different again, with a rousing, but jarring riddim, in the sense that you are left feelming slightly uneasy. Beginning with a muted horn synth bassline and snare intro, the track drops proper with the addition of the kick and hihats, plus the horn melody and a haunting synth floating over the top continuously, which is changed to a less haunting sound/pattern, during the drops. At different points in the riddim the bassline becomes very distorted and changes pattern also, and at the different breaks, we are treated to a horn + kick/snare solo, horn + hihats solo, horn + synth solos, and at one point the track drops out altogether. Massively creative on the sequencing in this one, Mistakay has levellllled uuuuup!
What more can I say, listen, stream, cop. Man has set the bar!