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Ed West & RTKal - The Frass EP (Digital single, Tru Thoughts, 2015)

Between a rub-a-dub/hip hop dubstep stomper ('Frass feat. Serocee'), some mad rapping over dark minimal dancehall vibes ('Madover'), a hypnotic Jamaican hip hop piece ('Woah Nanna') and a stripped-down to more-or-less-massive drums hip hop freestyle & chorus tune, this is guaranteed sound system action!

Ed West & RTKal - The Frass EP
Ed West & RTKal - The Frass EP
(Digital single) Tru Thoughts TRUDD158, 2015-11-27

Tracklisting :
01. Frass feat. Serocee 04:16
02. Madover 03:08
03. Woah Nanna 03:45
04. Style Pon Target feat. Ghost Writerz 02:57
05. Frass feat. Serocee (Instrumental) 04:16
06. Madover (Instrumental) 03:06
07. Woah Nanna (Instrumental) 03:45
08. Style Pon Target feat. Ghost Writerz (Instrumental) 02:56
09. Frass (Acapella) 03:25
10. Madover (Acapella) 02:51
11. Woah Nanna (Acapella) 03:33
12. Style Pon Target feat. Ghost Writerz (Acapella) 02:53

Links :
Ed West : facebook | soundcloud
Rtkal : official | bandcamp | facebook | soundcloud | twitter
Tru Thoughts : official | bandcamp | facebook | juno | parisdjs | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Press Release :
The next release to emerge via Sharp And Ready, the platform for the New Wave of UK Sound System Music on Tru Thoughts, is from Ed West & RTKal who unleash “The Frass EP” on 27th November. This four-tracker melds an eclectic platter of bass-laden beats from London producer Ed West (who is also the drummer in revered Reggae band The Drop) with the stylings of unstoppable Birmingham upstart MC RTKal. Also stepping up to the mic are Toddla T’s right-hand man Serocee and Jimmy Screech (Ghost Writerz).

Kicking things off in a Reggae-tipped Dubstep direction, title track “Frass feat. Seroccee” pairs wonky bars with a crunked-up beat for a soundtrack to a monumental session, the Brum-aican energy and sparky atmosphere reaching a tasty peak in the third verse as RTKal and the venerable Serocee go bar-for-bar freestyle.

“Madover” sees West tackling new sonic territory, his bespoke Bashment-flavoured beat laying the ground for RTKal to do what he does best and step out with an authoritative performance, showing off the rhythmic versatility that makes him one of the standout rappers to rise through the UK scene and has seen his recent ‘Skunk Rock’ mixtape release burning a trail from Complex to Grime Culture to BBC Radio 1/1Xtra.

The lyrical dexterity, grit and wit continue on “Woah Nanna”, RTKal tapping into his Jamaican-British heritage and hip hop influences to spin frank and compelling stories over a hypnotic, dub-fuelled loop laced with live trumpet.

Launching in with a whip-smart freestyle from RTKal over bare drums, “Style Pon Target feat. Ghost Writerz” quickly ratchets up from stripped-back beginnings into a punchy, Grime-y party tune. A pristine verse and unshakable chorus hook come from Jimmy Screech, returning the favour following RTKal’s recent guest spots for Ghost Writerz; Screech’s main project alongside producer Sleepy Time Ghost, GWz have been spearheading the Sharp And Ready imprint with support from RWD, Clash, THUMP and Get Darker to Huw Stephens, Toddla T (and more on BBC R1/1Xtra), Steve Lamacq, Ras Kwame, Mi-Soul and across specialist and international media.

Drawing on his Jamaican roots and experiences growing up in the UK, alongside a love of heavy hip hop and bass and a phenomenally sharp, charismatic delivery, RTKal has always captured attention. He has been a regular on the radio since his mid-teens, with features including an early Fire in the Booth session for Charlie Sloth (which has had 50,000+ YouTube hits and counting), repeat airplay from MistaJam and many others, and a recent Toddla T session. His prodigious talent and wealth of experience has also seen him snapped up as a collaborator over the years by the likes of Don Letts, Skinnyman, Foreign Beggars and GZA’s Mud Family.

As the drummer in The Drop, Ed West became accustomed to playing internationally to crowds of thousands, and has had his music championed by everyone from Rodigan (including in a BBC Radio 1 soundclash with Gilles Peterson) to the Junglist Network. Diverse influences - from DJ Shadow to King Tubby via ?uestlove, Jimi Hendrix and Mark Pritchard – inform his work, and he has played sessions for the likes of Nick Manasseh as well as getting to live out every drummer’s dream: making up a rhythm section with Dennis Bovell on bass. Moving ever further into the world of production, his credits include remix work for now-label-mate Quantic and an EP with Parly B (Reggae Roast).

Having met through the Unit 137 label and Sound System family, RTKal and West found themselves forming a natural and creative studio partnership, leading to “The Frass EP”, its tangling of roots and forward-looking fusion of ideas making it the perfect addition to the Sharp And Ready movement.



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