Thrilling experimental club workouts from one of the style's rising stars.
Some artists are just here to have fun and party. But everything about DJ Haram is deadly serious, from her decisive DJ blends to her tough sound palette and the relentless militancy of her rhythms. Grace is at times so focused and earth-shakingly forceful that it's a little intimidating. The scariest track, "Interlude," is actually almost beatless, with a monstrous doomsday synth chugging under a sharp flute sample, and the fact that it never drops makes it that much more tense. Apart from that, her toolkit consists mostly of drum samples, which means that melodic samples and synths are extra effective in the rare moments they do appear.
"Body Count" offsets percussive intensity with a well-placed harp sound, which softens the track just enough to let you breathe. On "Candle Light (700 Bliss Remix)," Moor Mother adds hardcore poetry lines to a booming, claustrophobic beat. "Grace (K.O.D.)" and the instrumental version of "Candle Light" both have pulverizing basslines and ultra sparse rhythms, exactly the kind of tracks you can imagine Hyperdub boss Kode9 being drawn to. She rounds it out with "No Idol (Remix)," which has more of a Jersey club influence than anything else on the EP—it's mostly just a kick drum, a bed squeak sample, and the same insistent flute sample that crops up on a few tracks. Haram gets a lot of ideas out this limited toolkit, which means she's working with the right ingredients.