A year in the making, Lionheart is the fearless new record from Crazylegs’ smiling assassin Ziro – the first artist to release on our label way back in 2012, a meticulous producer revered among his peers, now confidently pushing forward with a sound like nobody else.
Pooling an array of influences ranging from early days selling drum & bass in a record store in his hometown, formative production forays into dubstep and finding his groove in techno, a growing interest in rap and grime have pulled his beatmaking into an alien place in the last couple of years. Coupled with a longstanding knack for intense atmospherics and ice-cold synth lines, you end up with perhaps the most striking record we’ve ever put out. This is where Ziro embodies the essence of Crazylegs – a drive to experiment and an ambition to deliver the unexpected.
Title track Lionheart sets out the mission statement in no uncertain terms – a breathless six and a half minutes of thunderous, fractured drums and shimmering trance riffs. Strafe brings Belfast madman Bloom into the fray, trademark hydraulic percussion creating a wonderful hybrid. London City Warlord Riko Dan spits a bag of violence on Dun Talk, a move into more straightforward rap beat territory. Distance provides a moment of blissful calm before Rapture closes the record with its grimiest workout.
Lionheart is the sound of an incredibly talented producer marking out his territory – cinematic but still primed to pummel dancefloors. It arrives October 30th on digital and a 12” picture sleeve vinyl edition shortly after.
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