RIYL: grime, trap-influenced beats

Label: Halcyon Veil

I first learned of Hollygrove through the littlest of Waynes about a decade or so ago; in case you’re not American, or familiar with the layout of New Orleans (or Nawlins), Hollygrove’s a neighborhood in New Orleans. Hollygrove, however, doesn’t have so much to do with Lil Wayne as much as it does hip-hop in general. You notice that the project is trap-tinged, to put it lightly, and it takes influence from a genre that’s heavily entrenched in the UK, yet just now starting to really break over here – grime. Hollygrove serves up tracks as juicy as a filet mignon, and seasons them to perfection; I’m saying the production’s spotless here. “MJOLNIR” has to be the oddest track within the bunch due to its seemingly extensive use of dub stabs. The people at Boomkat do a great job of summing up the record and seem more in tune with its roots, so check that out in the details below. Listen to the title track below via the Soundcloud stream and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Outstanding debut of zinging, weightless productions by New Orleans-based Mistress, picked up by Rabit’s Halcyon Veil hot on the heels of that amazing Conspiracio´n Progresso compilation 12” and their excellent Dreadfile mix earlier in 2016.

The six tracks on Hollygroove are articulated with an almost unmistakably American diction, yet draw heavily upon UK grime styles, existing in a double refractive flux of club music dialogue that transcends geography much like Rabit’s own output.

Upfront, they rumble out the shuddering echo chamber drill menace of Lie Dormant, an aching balance between stasis and cocked tension, whilst the dank-but-dainty southern bounce of Hollygrove nails a sort of gaunt 3-step swagger aching for an acapella, and Mjolnir sounds like a Scratchy ’05 riddim sent into orbit.

Flipside, that classic grime sound is twisted back into the twinkling 8-bar dancer, Kanagawa Homicide, and Behemoth veers back to U.S./Latino club sounds, and finally Gatekeeper ascends/ descends into heavenly hellish, weightless baroque synth structure.

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