‘Pick Six’ EP
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Denver’s Gila, a producer supported by Benji B on BBC Radio 1 from the outset of his solo career, debuts on Benji’s Deviation label with new six-track EP, ‘Pick Six’.
First making waves as part of US rap group, Gorgeous Children, it was Benji’s support on Radio 1 that first alerted XL Recordings to his intricate and abstract beat-making. It was through XL that he released his debut EP, ‘Genkidama’, in 2016 — a release that saw Gila score a support slot at Metro Boomin’s sold-out show at Koko in London and earmark him as one of the year’s most exciting breakout acts.
‘Pick Six’ builds on the territory explored in ‘Genkidama’ and sees Gila continue to toy with hardbody US rap production techniques and sound palettes, casting them into a hazy, tripped-out flux all of his own making. From the sino tones of fluttery, dreamscape opener ‘Swirl Suit’ to booming, 808 heaters like title-track ‘Pick Six’, this is an EP that sits firmly in its own lane, redefining the boundaries of rap inspired club music.
Gila plays with atmosphere too, none more so on ghoulish and pensive, ‘Psycho Dabber’, or the rippling ‘Frost On Leaf’, spotlighting a deftness in and around the rougher edges of his work that lends itself to being enjoyed both in and away-from-the-club.
A natural fit at Deviation, ‘Pick Six’ marks the best yet from Gila — a producer very much on the rise.
1. Swirl Suit
2. Pick Six
3. Psycho Dabber
4. Hoot Hoot
5. Frost On Leaf
6. Code Eater