Rapid – The Rapid EP

Vinyl (12'' / 33rpm)
Butterz [BR019]

The sounds of a real pioneer, Prince Rapid of Ruff Squad fame drops his solo debut record for the ever on point Butterz label.

It’s tough to beat the labels stellar output over the last few months, counting Royal T, TQD and Footsie amongst the top boy producers that have had records on the label recently. Rapid doesn’t disappoint though, coming with 4 absolute belters for the grime DJs. ‘Hear This’ is by far the most bashy, peak time number on offer here, teasing triplet hats around snarling bass and the occasional bark sample for extra effect – hype! ‘Rebore’ follows hot on the heels of the the lead track though, sirens, scratches and taught snares are deployed with deadly effect here.

The flipside of the plate takes a more cinematic angle, showing Rapid’s versatility, orchestral strings give a nod to DaVinChe while looking forward to the more recent output of the Keysound crew – our favourite on the disc for sure. The EP closes all too soon with ‘License’, iced out and cold as you like – don’t sleep on this one.

As a side note, the label states that the sleeve photograph was taken in the same location as a Ruff Squad press shot over a decade ago.

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