Godzilla’s Baby Mama
Earlier this year I was impressed by Ace Shocka’s EP, Advanced Placement – something of an internet sensation, and here he was in the real world of EPs, showing across a concentrated burst deft skills as vocalist/lyricist and as beat-shaper/maker, taking from a disparate set of sources.
This is all-instrumental and any of the braggadocio of that first EP is put on hold as a wash of late-night slippery synths and after-hours laid back beats caresses the listen. Gentle spaces, simple – intriguing – ideas. Just four tracks, just 12 minutes, but there’s a hypnotic flow to this release – you’ll have it on repeat, playing it over and again, stretching it out to album length.
The opener, Godzilla Jr. (Baby) sets the scene – a soft waft, ultra-cruise. Then it’s to Superhero Shock for a Madlib-via-Dean Blunt feel, to Baby Mama (Opposites) for something that Dev Hynes could have cooked up – slow-boil, natch. That, and the closer, Godzillas & Heartbreak wouldn’t have been out of place on the Spring Breakers soundtrack.
It’s hip-hop, sure. But it’s also indie/electro/downbeat/chillout. Subtle soundscapes – a perfect Back To Mine-styled soundtrack; continued proof of a sharp talent.