Mantra: Damaged EP (Sneaker Social Club, 2023)

April 6, 2023 at 7:53 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Mantra: Damaged EP

Mantra’s first EP on Sneaker Social Club starts out with a track that brings hard, knocking garage beats, immediately commanding attention, partially because I wasn’t expecting it from the Rupture co-founder. “Murda” is exactly in the hard, rolling, ruff jungle wheelhouse, exactly what I ordered. “Victory Dance” has the choppage and hypnotic aura, and semi-obscured vocal samples, but it doesn’t go all out. “Ala” is a more low-key late night broken beat shuffler. The tracks are tightly produced and restrained when they need to be, but they bring the heat when played loud.


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