Following up Gobstopper coups from Bloom, Strict Face and Mr. Mitch himself, Social State reintroduces us to his esoteric take on rhythm, melody and structure and adds further facets to the sound he introduced to us in his self-released ‘Microdot Monday’ back in November of 2014 that garnered support on Radio 1, Rinse and NTS.
‘Human Error’ opens things up with dystopian melodicism coupled up with stumbling, off-kilter drum patterns before ‘She Was Loved’ sits pellucid textures atop swooning 8-bit synth lines.
As odd and as characterful as Gobstopper followers will expect, this - their 13th release - reaffirms the justification for the labels persistent exploration and proves that whilst depths are being tested, the introduction of new artists such as Social State means that they are by no means exhausted.
Excellent release. Trance Lament is a true gem. I really enjoy all the other tracks. One criticism I would like to offer would be that sometimes the instrumental felt more poignant than the singing. Perhaps continue to boil down the vox. Looking forward to whatever you guys put out next! Rod Gustke
Gorgeously stunning debut EP from new producer Odeko. Citing multiple influences from "electronic experiments by James Blake or Oneohtrix Point Never" (Fact Mag) and "Auxiliary and Autonomic", his music fits in Mr. Mitch's increasingly experimental Gobstopper label. Similar to his Silk Road Assassins cohorts. Odeko combines grime, trap, and Japanese influences but creates lovely melodies instead of menacing dystopian aesthetics.
Yeah, it's pretty close to Chief Keef, grime, and anime.
10/10 Yung Dave