Yesterday, Freshmoon Records released Chuck Sutton‘s EP Road Trip. As a producer who jumps between jersey, trap, and chill styles, it’s not surprising to find a a variety of influences here. The first two tracks are certainly solid – the guitar line from Usher’s “Bad Girl” is a great touch in “You Know Who You Are” – but the third track, “Deal With It,” is my personal favourite.
Stylistically similar to Lindsay Lowend’s Wind Fish, it mixes together hip-hop, trap, and funk influence with synths and melodies reminiscent of SNES and Sega video game tracks. He adds a line of addictive chopped vocals, but prevents them from overpowering the other layers, as often occurs in the cut-up genre. Rather they cooperate with and respond to the synths, bass, and 808. As a whole the melody establishes a pace, pulls back, builds up and rushes forward; it maintains its identity, transitions smoothly, and grips the listener’s attention. At once nostalgic and experimental, it’s well worth the listen.