- After lurking in the Warp Records slipstream, tackling a retrospective mix for the label and contributing tracks for 2600 Recordings and remixes for his new label under the ZILLA alias, Dylan Richards has since released guttural shots of breakstep ruffage on Combat Recordings as King Cannibal. It's in this shadowy vein that his debut single for South London's Ninja Tune continues, with "Arigami Style" spewing amplified dancehall rhythms on top of that drum & bass-style dagger bass that scythes into your kidneys when it's played at high volumes.
"Flower of Flesh and Blood" is the easier listen of the two tracks on offer, but its still a dark and twisted number that uses unsettling Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon-esque vocal drones as a melodic breakdown before it sears back into a rhythmic lesson in how to reverb your snares so they crush skulls like Coke cans. The digital squiggle melody is the punisher, though, and drives the track throughout its five minutes after it makes its appearance at the second drop.
There really is no pussyfooting about it: King Cannibal is a speaker-testing producer. By his own admission he's murdered countless tweeters throughout his recent song writing processes. Unleashing this 12-inch as his debut for Ninja Tune is a very bold and likeable state of intent. Bring on the pain.
A Arigami Style
B Flower Of Flesh And Blood