- Gobstopper's latest continues the label's winning streak, with yet another grime-related gem that manages to be both weird and infectiously pop. This time, the producer is new London talent Tarquin, who displays contrasting sides of his personality.
"Kid U" is a cute construction of chipmunk vocals, spry MIDI strings and cartoonish FX, rendering grime's rhythmic chassis as fun and colourful as a Fisher-Price toy. Its fracturing of pop forms calls to mind fellow young gun Finn, though Tarquin swaps the adult eroticism of "Keep Calling" for something PG-friendly. On the flipside, excitable bassline mutant "Lost My Marbles" appears to be completely different at first. Listen closer, though, and you'll find the same toy-like quality to its thin, farty bassline and hyperactive drums. Half of Tarquin's ample talent lies in making his beats sound so playful; the other half in making them kick hard regardless.
1. Tarquin - Kid U
2. Tarquin - Lost My Marbles