There are many reasons why the two brothers of Disclosure are quickly becoming some of the biggest faces of UK producers right now and they all basically boil down to the fact that they are both really good at their craft. Sampling is everywhere these days and Disclosure are an edge above the rest, something that is shown off quite well in their new track ‘What’s In Your Head’. They incorporate their samples seamlessly and organically into their tracks, which is something we expect from anyone using samples, however, Disclosure manage to wow me consistently. Like the other masters of bass music, Disclosure make incredibly complex tracks that I can’t even begin to imagine what the song creation process was like. ’What’s In Your Head’ demonstrates this perfectly.
Ever since we’ve starting following him, NicX has been determined to grow as a talented rapper and producer. While early singles showed that he already had the technical talent down with his words, he’s slowly begun to produce more for his own tracks. ’Leo’ is his newest self-produced track and it shows the growth he’s been looking for. If you didn’t know, NicX raps fast, so his beat has the pace to keep him on his toes. ’Leo’ doesn’t try to push him incredibly far lyrically, but NicX works with a repetitious hook on the track. This track is our first taste of NicXnation II and really shows off NicX developing a style unique to him that we’re pumped to hear more of in the mixtape.
Usually it’s ok to judge what sort of song to expect from the beginning of the track. Black Manilla’s ‘England’ starts off with some bright guitar chords and sunny vocals, all signs pointing towards a nice, fast, potentially forgettable indie rock track. One glance at the track length, which I’m sure everyone does before they’ll press play anyway, puts that assumption to rest. ’England’ is an 8-minute epic that bounces between plenty of rock sounds but mainly stays routed in punk and classic styles. Black Manilla are able to put some bite into their tracks that would put most lo-fi groups to shame. The instrumentalists flex some great soloing during the middle of the track where the guitarist finds all sorts of ways to bend his strings. Sure, as a blogger I’m never against short tracks that are easy to type about it in a clean 4 sentences, but it’s nice to have big tracks like ‘England’ every once and a while.