EP Review: Asmattic Vol 2 // Clouds in a Headlock

Clouds in a Headlock are back with a new mixtape, ‘Asmattic Vol 2.’ The mixtape was recorded on a 4-track cassette in a forest cabin in Japan. It’s full of grimy beats to complement the rappers’ unique voices. The MC’s on the project are GT Lovecraft (a full time ramen chef), √ąph (a horticulturist), and Doctor Outer (a film dialogue editor). They come from different backgrounds which works very well because they each have a unique perspective.

Some of the production methods on the EP are insane. Most of the songs have a boom bap beat which work very well because they are relaxing. ‘Letters From the Fishbowl’ has a guitar riff which hypes the listener up. It flows into the downbeat ‘Welcome 2 the Game’. There’s an addictive synth line in this song that keeps the listener hooked.

I think the psychedelic loops compliment the atmospheric songs. They’re refreshing and are a perfect background for the lyrics. The lyrics are socially conscious and remind me of Jurassic 5. The EP is very enjoyable because it has a lot of longevity, and one I will be listening to again and again.

Words by Ermis Madikopoulos

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