Wolverhampton's much-lauded K1 is the latest exciting up-and-comer to release on Spooky's 'Ghost House' imprint. Fast becoming something of a stable for exciting new 140-driven talent, the 'Apocalypse' EP is the label's third release in a matter of months and is as good as the hype would have you believe.
Comprised of 4 typically hard-hitting tracks, it is in fact K1's subtle use of melody that binds the EP together. Too often we see grime fall short due to a misguided over emphasis on 'greaze', something K1 neither sacrifices nor over indulges.
Title track 'Apocalypse' arguably sits more comfortably under the dubstep bracket but is measured and thoughtful and perhaps indicative of a greater understanding of what is required to produce electronic music across the genre spectrum. 'Armed Robbery' is a far grimier affair that shares parallels with the work of Splurt and Faze Miyake, although short bursts of violin give the track a surprising melancholy feel. 'H1N1' is the EP's archetypal grime number however, laced together with a series of thundering bass lines that form an excellent, contemporary 140 track. The EP is suitably rounded off by 'Streetlights', a track that would sit well accompanied by an MC although stands up well competently without. Highly recommended.
GH 003: K1 - Apocalypse EP (Out 27th Feb 2012) by Ghost House Records
The Apocalypse EP is available from February 27th via all good digital outlets.
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