This week MalLabel Music is sweeping in extra low to snatch a fresh kill as Denver, Colorado’s, Laika Beats shows us a life on the hunt for innocent ground dwelling creatures while peering through the eyes of one of the most majestic predators.
Laika Beats has been breaking down the walls of your standard bass music for a number of years and I have yet to fall short of feelings to express what I hear when I listen to subsequent releases. The words to express those feelings however sometimes eludes even me. With no room in his vision for boxes, he tears them to pieces and uses them for stepping stones on the path of creation. What remains in his wake is a road paved with the broken remains of the synthesizers he’s destroyed to create a world of untouched soundscapes and a fat stack of bass riding the harmonies he’s created with them.
His newest EP, Owl Eyes does Grime with style as the title track opens with a heavy hitting stomp machine following tripped out tonality and vocal cuts. ‘Wibble Dribble’ then builds an ominous tension before bringing the wobble back in style before ‘Hater Blockerz’ takes twisted metal and rap through a Trap Machine. ‘Purp’ then takes the Trap even further with a little extra Grime on top before ‘Dreams Collide’ finishes off the EP with a high energy, bass fuelled joy ride through some smooth and dreamy atmospheres. This one’s for those who like to get real low and play in the dirt real slow.
Artwork by Sean McCarthy