Since their inception, Pit LDN have been a centripetal force in helping underground hip-hop and RnB talent prosper. Their Reprezent show, online blog and events around London have given aspiring wordsmiths a platform to build a fanbase - an act that has become increasingly difficult because of the structural injustices inherent in the music industry.
‘International Affairs Vol. 1’, hopefully the first volume of many, has been put together to spotlight underground talent from around the world, and support these artists through Covid-19. 100% of all the profits from this release will go directly to the contributors.
Treating us to 7 self-reflective tracks, that capture the desolate mood of quarantine and important political climate we currently find ourselves in, the EP accentuates an eclectic mix of sonics. BINA. eases us in with her velvety vocals, which feel well accommodated by Gabriel Ryder’s cosmic, neo-soul production. The south Londoner’s knack for woozy harmonies makes her music feel all the more hypnotic, and Liars Lullaby is no different.
Fresco then provides us with some blissful boom bap - his transatlantic vocal tones and references to British cultural exports, like Austin Powers, fit surprisingly well. Holla, by Life and Gilly Heller, is arguably our pick on the entire tape. - Life’s raw delivery glides over El Train’s goofy, indie production whilst Heller matches the rapper with equally dexterous lyricism.
Produced, and written, by Leo Chavez, All I Think About 24:7, contemplates life slipping away quicker than we can control. The hook is particularly contagious, as he wishes to be flown out to space, which we think is a very relatable yearning right now. Equally, the brilliantly named Henny Knightz supplies the bars and beats for his tune, which references the atrocious acts of brutality that were inflicted on George Floyd.
Twelve25 elevates the EP’s indie endeavours with his intrinsically woozy delivery. The track fails to fully confide in one genre: trappy snares, tipsy guitar breaks and silky vocals all add to the track’s individuality. Eliciting the tape’s global nature even more, Toronto based artist Joyla closes us out with the instinctively groovy High Heels - produced by Bombay.
Once again, Bandcamp are being saints and removing all their fees from purchases today so it feels like the perfect time to go out and cop this EP... as well as any other music you have been contemplating recently. For more on PIT LDN click here.
WRITTEN BY LIAM CATTERMOLE