I'm Fine sees him drift free once more, touching down across the Atlantic. The EP emerges on New York's Lit City Trax, and these six tracks—weightless, reverb-drenched, sampled-vocal-led numbers that take grime's form and turn it to newly sorrowful ends—have more in common with NYC producer Fatima al Qadiri's Desert Strike EP than any recent UK grime. Fittingly, there's an al Qadiri collaboration here: "The Call" sees the pair interweave their respective digi-vocal melodies to excellent effect. A bold key change partway through supplies the element of surprise, a technique replicated in "Escape," which, with its muscular halftime beat, is the EP's most direct moment.
Elsewhere there are subtle nods to footwork (in twitchy opener "Lost") and techno (in "I Don't Care"). But grime is clearly the driving force throughout, a fact evidenced by the recurrence of buried 8-bar structures and a keen ear for rhythmic abstraction. "Pain," with its gorgeous sampled melisma, is probably the best thing here. But I'm Fine is best digested as a set—a succinct and fascinating manifesto from a producer who has, perhaps, finally found a place to call home.