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New Lockah EP - FREE DL - via Mishka NYC


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Lockah's music is consumate club, and on his most recent offering for the NYC streetwear boutique/label, he borrows indiscrimately, focusing on the sum of the parts. He acknowledges his countrymen and contempriaries with sweeping synth pads and half-time rythms while nodding to his adolescent obsessions with NY rap and southern drum patterns and liberally dosing his productions with vocal samples. The release is accompanied by renditions from Jaw Jam and BF Hoodrich, who stretch their parts to the conceivable extremes of minimalism and maximalism

Since arriving on the international club music radar this past summer with his debut EP on Mad Decent/Jeffrees, When U Stop Feeling Like A Weirdo & Become A Threat, Scotland's Lockah has gone on to drop official remixes on taste-making labels like OWSLA and Fool's Gold while continuing to foster an endearingly DIY bass music scene in his native Aberdeen, Scotland with his boutique label, Tuff Wax.

soundcloud.com/lockah/sets/lockah-please-lockah-dont-hurt

Download for free here - http://mishkanyc.bandcamp.com/album/please-lockah-dont-hurt-em-ep

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Guest Tam o' Shantie

Resident Advisor gave the EP 4/5 today!

Aberdeen's Lockah is the latest in a line of neon-struck Scottish hip-hip producers, from HudMo and Rustie right through to S-Type. Lockah's talent lies in texture, with sputtering Lex Luger drums often pitted against pianos, euphoric synths and 8-bit tendrils.

"Please Lockah, Don't Hurt 'Em" announces the EP in cocksure style with a rollicking piano riff. Building steam, the song explodes into triumphant '80s drama á la M83, as ticking hi-hats duel with Phil Collins snares. The chirpy vocal cut-ups only increase the fever until the track pitches down into a heady trap breakdown. Taking no time to get to the point, "Sly Winking Usury" stumbles into its climax earlier; fireworks explode into pixellated blocks, rubbing against the grain of the song's battle cry of artificial brass.

The EP's final track takes the theatrical quiet-loud progression of the first two to its logical conclusion. The precocious intro of "This Is True Muscle Suicide" is Lockah daintily batting his eyelashes, and when it sinks into its barebones sub-heavy bridge, it's almost disappointing—until pitched-up vocals are thrown on a backdrop of screeching trance synths. This surefire recipe for nails-on-a-chalkboard status actually works more like a victory lap, pushed along by the Little Drum Machine That Could going haywire underneath.

Elsewhere, Jaw Jam provides an unrecognizable "Rave Cave" remix of the title track, stripping it of its gaudy charms, while BF Hoodrich pulls out the cheesiest elements of "Muscle Suicide" and makes it into an airy, floaty thing that lacks Lockah's epic impact.

http://www.residentadvisor.net/review-view.aspx?id=11886

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Yes it's the first time. Come to think of it, I'm not sure if my stuff has ever been 'reviewed' anywhere prior to this, mostly just written about or featured in some other way.

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