Solms – EP
Rodi Kirk’s stitched-together sound-world, here, is informed by Krautrock’s driving rhythms on the opener, Pisces. There’s a yearning, mournful sound – not unlike a Jeff Beck guitar line – on the wistful And Here and Underwater manages to evoke that strange, beguiling sense, a liquid bassline and those surging drum-sounds that we know from DJ Shadow’s work; in fact it’s here where Kirk (best) traces around aspects of his former self as Scratch 22.
Passenger is the EP’s closer, its longest track. That Krautrock feel returns and you can picture the blurred images from the train window. You can also hear – and particularly feel – evidence of hip-hop as a guiding force still. But this is head-music, this has been carefully assembled, patched together using hip-hop’s sample-culture ideas but ideals that stretch far beyond being pigeonholed in/to just one genre.
The only bummer about this EP is that it’s just 18 minutes long. But all four tracks are great – worth playing on repeat. Hopefully there’ll be a full-lengther to come without too much (further) wait. Kirk’s clever – but his music always engages, feels like it has heart, has come from his heart as much as ever being any sort of “exercise” in stacking blocks of sound, in manipulating and moving melodic lines and rhythmic slabs in and around one another.