12 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Despite the title, Safe finds UK grime artist Visionist venturing far beyond his comfort zone. In place of club music's conventional cadences, there are shuddering stop-start rhythms and beats that shatter like glass; instead of hooks, just an eerie fog of processed voices and icy pads. The synthetic a cappella "Sin-Cere" falls like freezing rain; the heavier "1 Guarda" suggests a fusion of Burial and trap music being run through a high-tech trash compactor. But melancholy highlights like "Victim" and "Safe" are proof that experimental music needn't sacrifice deep emotion.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Despite the title, Safe finds UK grime artist Visionist venturing far beyond his comfort zone. In place of club music's conventional cadences, there are shuddering stop-start rhythms and beats that shatter like glass; instead of hooks, just an eerie fog of processed voices and icy pads. The synthetic a cappella "Sin-Cere" falls like freezing rain; the heavier "1 Guarda" suggests a fusion of Burial and trap music being run through a high-tech trash compactor. But melancholy highlights like "Victim" and "Safe" are proof that experimental music needn't sacrifice deep emotion.

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