Slackk – “Backwards Light” – [R&S]
Slackk (producer Paul Lynch’s) debut album on R&S Records, instrumental Grime with Asian-flavored melodic lines. Production style pays homage to AFX concerning sound and synth usage. The EP has a strong cinematic feel close to being a homage to a Japanese garden.
The styles range from eastern influenced spiraling bell synths and punchy drums (Bells) to cinematic paintings (Sleeper Carriage) trying to push forward so called sino-grime, with lots of Eastern instrumentation arrangements. The melodic value is highlighted. Posrednik is the most energetic track with irregular rhythms, reversed percussion and acid-flavored sound treats. Backwards Light has more relaxed sino-loops with square waves and off-track percussion. Monument has a dramatic synth beginning and then paying homage to R&S London sound.?? This release is pushing the boundaries of Grime.