Now based in Los Angeles, production duo SKULS are an act who have been frequently peeking their way into my radar in the past year. Marking them as standout artists, is their frequent abilities to master a quality sound unbounded by a specific genre. This disregard for categorization in their music allows for blissful and limitless creativity. Most recently, the duo lent their production talent to upcoming R&B singer Rahn Harper in a cover of "Come and See Me". Additionally, SKULS developed a dreamy rendition of Baauer's "Body", covering all grounds when it comes to on point sound design and effort in curating an emotional tone.
After some waiting time, SKULS have unveiled a prelude to their anticipated EP which will be released in late October. The Transient EP is a two track masterpiece that gives tactful trap sounds exceptionally deepened layers. The release is both gritty and calming, placing side by side a perplexing fervor weaved into dark beats.
"Blok" begins with an incessant glow, that strings along a ringing chime to set the foundation. The hip hop inspired beat creates an underlying tension which sweeps in the heavy vocals and thumping bass. Pitching in and out from a delicate ambiance to an attitude filled loop, "Blok" has a mesmerizing atmosphere in its wonky flow.
Following after the trip of "Blok" is the luminescent journey of "Knuckles". The unique highlights of this track is its bizarre galactic tonality, but cleverly placed within hefty 808s and attitude filled vocal spurts. There's a nostalgic overcoat in the wailing melodies of the background, creating a stance of something familiar, yet not.
SKULS once again proves their musical dexterity, successfully bridging the gap between emotion and top-notch sound design. Transient stands as an exciting preview of their EP, citing ingenious approaches at merging sentiment with future sounds.