Funking Dam! k-Lab debuts ‘Worlds’ EP

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The word funk gets thrown around as inappropriately as alcohol at a sixteenth birthday party. You think over-consumption is cool at the time, but slowly you grow up and mature, take responsibility and eventually learn to walk the walk. With “Worlds”, K-lab is definitely walking the walk.

Groove oozes all over this record. Hip Hop sythphonic out of space trip, with plenty of variety featuring drum and bass, dubstep and punchy beat stabs you’ll find on track’s like ‘Don’t lose yourself.’ Yet with all the electronic influence, reminiscent of the 80s, combined with classic, palm muted guitar licks still maintain serious soul, a core ingredient to the funk.

Saxophones, guitars, and obscenely funky warps collaborate to deliver a ridiculous range of instruments, whom are all reminiscent of a bygone time yet is surprisingly refreshing and unique.

“Worlds” seriously entertains. Big breaks, bass breakdowns, including low bass engineering which is deep, mind breaking and ‘Neck breaking.’ Combine this with heavy intellectual rapping, impossible not to bob your head drums, and dubstep influenced warps; together you have yourself a clever, entertaining well thought-out album.

I swear there’s a Lil Jon sample ‘YEAAAA’ slowed down, it’s seriously sick. “Ginsu”, the album’s 7th track, sports trippy drum & bass style build ups, slow fat digital bass drum breaks with hip hop drum breaks, genius track progression breaks combining analogue drum breakdowns. The climaxing hook brings all elements together while distortion guitars and spacey synths unite and fuse with flaring guitar solo crescendos.

There’s a serious darkness in this album too, “Little White Box” Reggae infused ‘Gunfight’ equalises out the smooth groovy tracks like ‘Mothership Re-entry’, cementing this ‘Worlds’ diversity.

“Red pill, blue pill, whatever you like, imma take ‘em both I’ll be up all night” the only drug reference K lab is an artist to keep on your radar, and ‘Mothership’ is worth at least a cheeky flick through at the very least, as it has something for every listener. This makes it difficult to recommend particular songs, but personal favourites include ‘Ginsu’, ‘Pull up’ & ‘Neck-breaker’

3.5/5

Diverse, funky and fresh; “Worlds” is witty, jammy, and has really deep and culturally relevant undertones that drive home its success.

 

 

Van Doolan

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