Rayhana EP is a departure from the cerebral, industrial deep dive of his debut album Unlit Signals, and now draws from wider influences, twisting Baile funk, broken beat and hi-tech bass music into floor-focussed, sinewy new shapes.
Guaranteed to cause jubilant carnage wherever heard, the heavy artillery of title track ‘Rayhana’ is a vocal led, rumbling rhythmic monster with chest-pummelling low end, neck-snapping metallic claps and razor-sharp hats. Almost a deeper dub of its predecessor, ‘Dark Lavis’ is an instrumental tension builder, where mangled eastern elements whip up a head spinning vortex that’s carried by behemoth bass and stuttering, swung beats, which take you deep inside the ride. Based around the UK broken sound, with a touch of dancehall, on ‘5G Bats’ Smith slow things down but ups the energy, with double-time breaks, stroboscopic samples, machine gun like flickers and all manner of stretched, wavey tones.
On launching Deaf Test, Smith comments, “it’s a vehicle for my personal output now. I have more club-focussed music on the way, and I’ll be exploring meaningful collaborations too. The name is due to me being deaf in one ear from an early age”.