Watch out for: Sad Night Dynamite | Hip hop
Since the Wild Bunch collective and the rise of Massive Attack in the 1980s, the West Country has brought a hazy English malaise to hip-hop production. Sad Night Dynamite, a brilliant new band from Somerset, has created a surprisingly eerie sound world in this vein. Archie Blagden and Josh Greacen met at school eight years ago and began writing together shortly after. Unable to film last year’s excellent first mixtape, they left their London apartment and returned home to scare locals and make music in an abandoned pub with dead rats under the parquet floor.
Although the 21-year-olds’ early efforts show their fondness for Gorillaz, Specials, Dr Dre, and movie soundtracks, they never do but peacock their exquisite taste; Sad Night uses these references as torches to lead you into their dark delight cellar. Since they started producing with singers like Pa Salieu, FKA twigs, IDK and self-proclaimed “President of Female Orgasm” Moonchild Sanelly, they’ve gotten better and weirder. The new single Psychedelic Views is a dismal, lyrical, gypsy-western helmeted rap, full of half-heard evocation and subliminal sound layers. It’s also a bang. “Making Sad Night Dynamite some kind of cult is one of our big plans, so you have to prepare for it,” they said. Assimilate magazine. Order your Kool-Aid now.