It's been a long time since Hench headman Jakes served up an entire EP. But it's been well worth the wait. We ignite with the title track "Trippy" and it lives up to its name in every way; the ricocheting drums and chaotic cymbals and percussion really shouldn't make sense at all. And first they don't. But as the walloping bass emerges, the disparate elements unite to create a groove that's truly distinctive. The trippiness continues as "What!" rolls in a warped manner that almost feels like you're listening in reverse mode. A real heads-down driver, this is the sole preserve of the late night, mid-set hypnosis. Finally we hit "Ja". As the name suggests, it begins as a skank-tickled exploration of the roots before dropping into a sheet metal bass drop in the way only Hench can deliver. Whether he's MCing, DJing, running a label or producing, Jakes is killing it on every angle.
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