5lack Essentials

5lack Essentials

Whether working solo or with rap group PSG, 5lack is an impressive component of Japan’s flourishing beat scene. He marries his rapping harmony with tentative drum programming and curious sonics that evoke jazz, minimal dubstep, and even old school blues and soul. The chillwave synths and easy-going percussion on “Hot Cake” buttress 5lack’s elegiac flow, while “Unfounded” employs a hazy white noise screen to texture a rambunctious vocal performance, and “Twiligh Drive” contrasts dub with sparkling bells and piano, conjuring an eerily beautiful aural experience.

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