Dexplicit: Digital Monk EP (Pastel Prism, 2020)

September 20, 2020 at 5:15 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Dexplicit: Digital Monk EP

Grime/bassline heavyweight Dexplicit’s newest EP is centered around inspirations from ’80s video games, TV shows, and movies. It doesn’t attempt to imitate the soundtrack of any specific example of those, as far as I can tell, and it doesn’t really sound like chiptune or synthwave. But there’s definitely something wide-screen and panoramic about it. The synth melodies are big and dramatic, the vocals seem closer to arias than the more R&B-influenced singing commonly heard in garage, and it all feels like it’s leading to something grand. It’s just a 4-song EP, though, not a complete soundtrack, so it feels like a way to drop some big emotions into the club for a few minutes.

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