If you like your hip-hop unfiltered and steeped in experimental vibes and bravado raps, the debut EP by emerging UK rapper and producer Yorke will do it for you. Peur Eternus blends hip-hop, pop and electronic, as the self-produced project and draws inspiration from avant-garde acts like Flying Lotus, and Lapalux While he is adept with the pen he did bring along fellow acts such as Dillion Will, Sol Paradise, Kid Kin & The Bobo, The Bobs, Laurz-Loss, and Danny-Boy to collaborate on the project.
The EP opens up with the bouncy electro-infused "Chips" that displays Yorke's playful demeanor and carefree flow. From the wobbly synths, dance drum grooves, and off-kilter vocal effects, Yorke opens up on a strong note showing listeners his versatile musical approach. The Dillon Will assisted track entitled "Talk" is a mellow, atmospheric track ripe with ethereal textures, cinematic sound designs, and sparse drums. it sure strays from the norm a sit employs some pop elements, especially on the melodic hook while both rappers share their thoughts on their respective styles. The experimental elements come out to play in full form on "837" where moody synths and trippy pads and arpeggios pepper a soft drum groove as Yorke delivers a stream of consciousness verses. London-based artist/producer Sol Paradise is featured on the chorus as well.
On "Brighton," Yorke sticks to lo-fi jazz and brings forth a dreamy piece bolstered by a solemn guitar riff and a soothing horn arrangement to complete the job while he reflects on his life as a young man trying to pave his own way. "Brighton" is one of the more somber-themed tracks on the project and it gives listeners a glimpse into the rapper's life even if it's a snapshot. The closing track "Taylor" has a bright retro sample that sounds like it's taken from the 70s artsy flick. Yorke is in his element here and shares some of his hopes, dreams, and frustrations on wax. He opts out of using a standard hook and just splices a handful of vocal samples and weird special effects to create some form of tension and resolution between his verses.
The project is a culmination of several releases that set the stage for the Oxford native's genre-bending style as seen on previous singles such as “Wifi” and “Sun-Soaked” which samples “Silver Soul” by Beach House.
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