S-Type - 'Rosario' EP (4 stars)

S-Type - 'Rosario' EP

Photo: Christina Kernohan

A rush of high energy, jumped-up hip hop beats from the LuckyMe signee


The cover artwork for Scottish hip hop producer S-Type’s new EP 'Rosario' shows the back of a tentative boxer primed for battle, but stepping in the ring with this music is a little more hyper-realistic than that. In fact, this experience has more in common with a seventh-round bout of Tekken. S-Type, aka Bobby Perman, is another talented artist (he’s 28 now but has been releasing music since he was 15, on the Surface Pressure label he set up with brother, Tommy) in what is becoming a strong lineage of Scottish producers of instrumental hip hop and electronica. With other notable names like Hudson Mohawke and Rustie gaining momentum (both are key players in the LuckyMe family, and their kaleidoscopic, arcade game-inspired beats loom large over 'Rosario'), S-Type steps up to the plate with much to live up to. Thankfully, Perman’s latest is a rush of high energy, jumped-up beats that would make even the most soporific of listeners burst with adrenaline.

The EP is bookended by accomplished vocal turns from already established rappers, YC the Cynic and Roc Marciano, which illustrate that these beats really can hang with the best of them. If anything, this leaves the meat of the EP – three instrumental tracks – lacking, as each screams out for someone to lay some rhymes on top. Indeed, his label, LuckyMe, suggests that this slick production could already be ripe for someone as skilled as a Kendrick Lamar. The synthesised brass that punctuates ‘Franco’ certainly evokes the closing track from Lamar’s excellent 2012 album good kid m.A.A.d city, ‘Compton’. It is no surprise to learn that that particular track was produced by Just Blaze, pinpointed by S-Type himself as an influence.

That minor negative serves only to highlight the potential that these tracks show for whenever S-Type begins to regularly produce for big name, talented hip hop lyricists. For now, the surging and plummeting emotional intensities of ‘Lost Girls’ allows you to forget this and be lost in a mesmerising digital landscape.

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