Ilian Tape ends the year with another excellent EP.
The other half explores sounds Andrea is not normally associated with. "Leaf" is crafted with a sensitive, emotional touch and features the kind of IDM glitches and jungle-influenced beats that play such a big role Skee Mask's recent work. "Track XL" is similar, but the way the bassline booms and glides and the hi-hats rattle suggest that this is Andrea's take on a trap beat. On "TP," a glorious ambient track, he pairs dreamy pads with a hazy breakbeat that drifts in and out of earshot.
Fans of Andrea's earlier work might find this half a little lightweight compared to his usually raw and heavy style. Even so, it's an interesting direction taken by a talented producer who has previously stuck to a specific sound. It's also very well executed—there are signs that the intricacy of Skee Mask's approach on Compro has rubbed off on his Ilian Tape colleagues. It ends a strong 2018 for a label that continues to develop.