Grace – Inverness
Released July 20 2018 via Italdred
Italdred’s recent catalog flexes a diverse approach to modern grime-influenced sounds, as shown through the latest selection of artists the label has worked with. Sir Hiss’ Middle-Eastern rumblers are a stark difference to Namaste’s twisty, theatrical square-wave stylisations, and the production on Southwest-based UK artist Grace’s mixtape ‘ELLE’ further reinforces this dynamic presence.
George, a mere 18 years of age, has a clear vision for his music, and the masterful production prowess to go give it life. The selection of 7 tracks on offer are undeniably mature and sophisticated. Sonically subtle and nuanced – Grace maximises on the notion of sporadicity through an immense amount of breathing space. This lends to a slow-burning, developing pace on his production, taking time to carefully roll through each track duration.
Though a self-proclaimed take on Leftfield Grime/Wifey, there are nods to RnB through the soulful warmth he captures. An effortless juxtaposition between Jazz instrumentation and rich synthesis is achieved, gliding between a delicate percussive palette programmed with a concise sense of swing. This generates a spectrum of mood that George moves across with ease. Colourful, pretty soundscapes find themselves shifting to brooding, emotive numbers with grace.