ESSENTIALS: “Payme” – Sam Gellaitry

I’ve been championing Stirling native Sam Gellaitry for a while now, ever since his 2014 hit “Waiting So Long” blew my mind at a NYE party, and his latest offering is yet more ammunition in an already impressive arsenal of material.

Previously signed to Los Angeles label Soulection, the young Scot has just a handful of releases to his name – one highlight being the critically acclaimed debut EP Short Stories. Last month he released his latest offering Escapism on his new label XL Recordings – filled with more bouncy synths and unorthodox drum rhythms, Escapism was one of 2015’s stand-out EPs.

Now the 19 year-old is back with another release for 2016 and it picks up where 2015 left off.

Payme” is an instrumental track filled with the depth and detail that we’ve come to expect from the globe-trotting teenager.

Split into two parts the track kicks off with a catchy vocal sample that provides a reference point in the carnage that follows: Gellaitry is known for his masterful vocal sampling and this track is no exception. Heavy drums with an offbeat tempo and a deep bass guide us through the middle part of the track before breaking into the garage-style breakbeats and minor keys that take centre-stage in the second half.

“Payme” expands on last week’s release “Rise/Set” which popped up on Gellaitry’s treasure-trove of a Soundcloud: filled with legato strings and those characteristic breakbeats “Rise/Set”, featured on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show (21/01/16), is another one for the playlist.

Without doubt one of Scotland’s most promising young producers, Sam Gellaitry is going places. Just like Hudson Mohawke and Rustie before him, he’s doing it in a modest and humble manner, ghosting to the top on a wave of top-quality production and well-curated live shows.

If you want to catch him live, Gellaitry is currently on a world tour with Mr. Carmack and Teeko, taking in North America, Australia and select shows throughout Europe.

Full dates can be viewed here.

Check out his Soundcloud for more future slammers.