When this deadly little package turned up in Acre’s inbox we thought of one word only : ‘Yes’. This delightfully messed up single certainly came right out of the blue. As suggested by the name, this is a digital seven inch single which, in the tradition of hip hop and reggae sevens, has one track, plus one ‘version’. All we need is the RCA spindle hole!
The A-side, track, Seven Inches, is a modern, crazy take on the classic old school hip-hop sound of the mid-80s. Syncopated and sample-heavy (like all good hip-hop), ironically sporting every cliché going, it has a real groove that got us up and shuffling around the studio. From funk bass and spinbacks to cut up, incomprehensible vocals, this swings its way though its five-odd minutes, referencing just about every early hip-hip sound out there. What a beauty.
The B-side Version, rather than just ditching the vocals, is pretty much a total rework. If hip-hop-core was a recognized term then this track would definitely fit that description. A wonderfully low-fi, distorted, aggressive take, this track has a fantastic, ultra slow and sludgy middle section, before it starts to come apart at the seems towards the end as the beats increasingly stumble, creating a deliberately confused and confusing ending. It’s a shame Sensational’s collaborations with NHK don’t sound this good.
While both these tracks bring some of Gescom’s releases to mind, they are pretty much unique, to our ears, and sit more firmly in the hip-hop camp. As such, we are delighted to bring them to you. Presumably an alias, we have no idea who Opine Kosinsky is, other than that he has written a couple of articles for the Darkfloor website and shared a distinctly wacky mix with us.
released 21 May 2012
Produced by Opine Kosinsky
Mastered by C Mantle
Artwork by Rory MacLeod