Archive for May 2014
“A voracious new talent” – Generation Bass
Support from Tomb Crew, Slick Shoota, HXDB, Coco Bryce, Aquasky, Boyfriend, Dave Q ++
First seen on Senseless with a deadly release on Neon late last year Napo joins label mate Boyfriend in the Lithuanian corner of the roster. His widescreen, expansive beatmaking hints at years of experience behind the desk when in reality he’s still just 17. Already though he’s played at his home country’s renowned Satta Outside festival as well as internationally and released a series of acclaimed free EPs.
For this, his debut full release, he delivers four choice cuts of finely crafted drum machines and intricate synth work with influences pulling at the edges of R&B, rave and deep house. Touch Formed channels old school pads building through a roller coaster of twists and turns, equal parts Lone and Ridge Racer. The track also comes complete with an CGI cityscape video that’s a perfect fit for Napo’s cinematic approach to making beats.
Moonset Reality is programmed from rave DNA with vocal snatches and deep chords giving way to breakbeats and 808s programmed in a 2014 style. FRWRD and Loners take things deeper and more introspective, showcasing his amazing ear for melody.
The icing on the cake is a guest appearance from High Focus’s Jam Baxter, underground hero of UK hip-hop who delivers a short, sharp tongued blast of his signature macabre wordplay over ‘Loners’. It’s the perfect juxtaposition connecting genres, countries and decades, Senseless Records style.