Thursday, December 6, 2012
Jukebox: Distal - Cherry Red
"Cherry Red," the third track off a four-track EP from so-called "Boss of the South" Distal, aims to change the focus of the genre, or at least expose more people to what's possible with less. It's a bare-bones structure that doesn't lay much on to cover the skeleton, and the exposure and repetition of the piece works really well on the whole. There isn't much more to it than a simple upper-register 2-bar piano line that repeats quite a few times, a big hip-hop bassline, and a few samples over a ticking, clapping, tom-heavy beat. And yet the song is, to use a word that's thrown around a lot undeservedly, "bangin'." It takes all the best elements of trap and strips down what's left so there's nothing else covering the core of the song, and it proves that sometimes, less is indeed more. "Cherry Red" is a triumph of minimalist club music, something that doesn't often happen well but has a rare occurrence here. Distal adds a fresh coat of paint to his already flashy record, and you'd do well to give it a try.
You can stream "Cherry Red" on Distal's Soundcloud.