Back in August, we stumbled upon hip-hop instrumentalist Hikko Mori and his debut Self Portrait. Turns out, that was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of Hikko’s offerings and he’s since followed up with two EP’s – Sex in the Suburbs and GOODBYE. All three exist under the same umbrella of Beats Ready For Vocals but they’re a satisfying listen on their own.
While I’m no expert, most hip-hop beats keep a pretty persistent pattern, leaving a maximum amount of room for the vocals to be the showcase of the track. Since these EP’s have no vocals, that persistence could potentially run the risk of getting pretty boring, pretty quick. Fortunately, Hikko Mori peppers in plenty of samples and musical shifts to keep it interesting. There’s still plenty of time to let yourself be immersed in the openness of the song but it rarely drags.