Flash G – Snake in the grass EP
Flash G’s had a fairly successful year in cementing his name as a top grime producer and has had a collection of various MC’s vocal his beats, which is usually a good indicator of how good a producer is. So, yesterday saw the release of the ‘Snake in the grass’ EP which at four tracks in total was a strictly instrumental affair.
The first of the beats is titled ‘Bloody evil’ which like the rest of the release has a very dark feel to it, which is something rarely used in grime these days. What makes the beat so dark sounding is the bass, which is deep and unusually mellow. This combined with big drums and a few sounds thrown in makes for a quality instrumental with a zoning out feel throughout.
Next up is ‘Pearl’ which has gained a reputation over the past months for being a very emotive and strange beat. It begins with an almost mythical pan sound which is then interrupted by yet another deep bassline. The two make for a nearly hypnotic feel which will catch listeners day-dreaming to its chilled qualities. Again, there is a dark theme running throughout – and it’s not really the same hype you’d expect from a grime beat, but would nonetheless not feel out of place in a set.
The third song, ‘Crawling’ increases the energy as this time the bass is intrusive and sounds more aggressive. In fact, the bass is the key to ‘Crawling’ which cuts through a few melodies and is fairly powerful. However, don’t expect ‘Crawling’ to be along the lines of a DJ Spooky production in terms of raw power. Like the rest of the EP’s tracks, it still maintains an element of calm, which is repeated throughout the project. Again, this isn’t exactly conventional in grime which is nice to hear.
The EP ends with ‘Moody’ – and yet again an ever-present bass flows throughout it. Similar drum and hi-hat patterns are used and borrowed from the previous songs, and it is a formula that serves Flash G well. ‘Moody’ is also on a dark vibe which will get listeners bobbing their heads rather than jumping up and down. This is a feature of the entire EP.
Overall, ‘Snakes in the grass’ is a very solid release which focuses on the more relaxed side of grime. Don’t expect any heavy bass hits or a massacre of claps on this EP, as it chooses to go down a more calm and mysterious route. It’s certainly not brand new, but the style used here is fairly untouched territory, so hats off to Flash G for exploring this odd sound. With this in mind, it’s clear that Flash G seems confident enough with his style, which is reflected through out. This sets up Flash nicely for the new year, which will hopefully bring more material, and dare we hint at an instrumental album of a similar nature perhaps?
Follow Flash G here: @FlashGrizzle
Purchase the ‘Snake in the grass’ EP here: http://grizzaleng.bandcamp.com/album/flash-g-snake-in-the-grass-e-p