The current trend in highly visible electronic music is big, anthemic bangers of tracks slammed one after another endlessly into a drunken night- this we all know. What some might not know just by going to an American club on any given night is that the weirder shit, the more experimental and less predictable shit, is still out there being made. And I’m not just talking about buckwild, probably never gonna be played in mainstream dance clubs stuff like Daedelus or Berlin Minimal Techno, no there are dudes out there that dwell somewhere inbetween the mad beat wilds and the packed neon-infused dance clubs. In this vein, two New York artists named Boody and LE1F are about to drop a brand new, darker than dark record called the Liquid EP on November 19 through the well-loved Boysnoize Records.
This EP comes as a follow-up to LE1F’s appropriately titled Dark York mixtape, a deep and unique work that got nods from big-time publications all over. People have been talking quite a bit recently about who the first big-time rapper to come out of the closet will be, especially after Frankie Ocean’s somewhat recent announcement, so it’s no wonder that LE1F’s homosexuality has been a major focus of the discussion on this up and coming artist. However, as LE1F himself said to Pitchfork, “Let’s not make gay NYC rap a ‘thing.’”
Trying to compartmentalize the Liquid EP would be a huge disservice to this excellent example of how beats and vocals can still be combined into something that sounds completely unlike what you typically hear in clubs, but which would be perfectly appropriate played in the right ones. From what we’ve heard, producer Boody and LE1F have found a delicious balance between instrumentals and vocals that makes each creation sound more like actual songs than the made-to-mix tracks that permeate the club scene. The weird-sample-heavy record (squishy jellyfish sounds, anyone? how about a gate clanging shut as an integral part of a track?) features four original tracks and two remixes by Cedaa and MikeQ & Divoli S’vere, respectively. You can give this surrealness-inducing EP a listen below or at the group’s soundcloud, and look for it to drop properly on November 19. This kind of shit is the future of both rap and electronic music, so be one of those in the know and get it kickin’ around in your brain today.