Great new release by a 17 year old Lithuanian artist just nabbed by UK’s brilliant Senseless Records. This guy shows maturity in his production and sound years beyond his age and is an exciting new prospect to keep your eye on.
We’ve had a good relationship with Senseless Records since the beginning of this blog and it’s great to see them still continuing to unearth these voracious new talents.
Senseless are offering an exclusive stream of one track from the EP and great mix too from this release & artist just for you, Generation Bass reader, because obviously they know you’re a person who knows your music because you follow us.
Here’s the great track:
First seen on Senseless with a deadly release on Neon late last year Napo joins label mate Boyfriend in the Lithuanian corner of the roster. His widescreen, expansive beatmaking hints at years of experience behind the desk when in reality he’s still just 17. Already though he’s played at his home country’s renowned Satta Outside festival as well as internationally and released a series of acclaimed free EPs.
For this, his debut full release, he delivers four choice cuts of finely crafted drum machines and intricate synth work with influences pulling at the edges of R&B, rave and deep house. Touch Formed channels old school pads building through a roller coaster of twists and turns, equal parts Lone and Ridge Racer. The track also comes complete with an CGI cityscape video that’s a perfect fit for Napo’s cinematic approach to making beats.
Moonset Reality is programmed from rave DNA with vocal snatches and deep chords giving way to breakbeats and 808s programmed in a 2014 style. FRWRD and Loners take things deeper and more introspective, showcasing his amazing ear for melody.
The icing on the cake is a guest appearance from High Focus’s Jam Baxter, underground hero of UK hip-hop who delivers a short, sharp tongued blast of his signature macabre wordplay over ‘Loners’. It’s the perfect juxtaposition connecting genres, countries and decades, Senseless Records style.
Exclusive mixtape for Generation Bass by Napo. ‘Close & Narrow EP’ out May 12th
1. Napo – The Black Hole Ski
2. Fingalick, FirejosÈ, Wasted Gaze, Cherry On Top – Ink In My Skin
3. Julio Bashmore – Peppermint
4. Aden – Luft
5. Napo – Touch Formed
6. Slava – Better
7. Rhythm On The Loose – Break Of Dawn
8. Awesome 3 – Don’t Go (Kicks Like A Mule Mix)
9. Fingalick – Picture You
10. Napo – Moonset Reality
11. SL2 – On A Ragga Tip
12. Napo – Karl Malone
13. The Isley Brothers – Between The Sheets (Ticklish Remix)
14. Machinedrum – Don’t 1 2 Lose U
15. Napo – Resurrect Me
16. Gucci Mane – Stupid (Lapalux Bootleg)