Kapsize 21 by Joker
Kapsize 21 review
* Bristol icon and purple sound innovator, Joker, is to release a new three-track EP, on September 22nd.
* Written during a lengthy and intense period in the studio, ‘Kapsize 021’ follows a flurry of EPs released on his Kapsize
label in 2016, including two of his own, ’The Phoenix’ and ‘XXIV Bit’, but lands as the first of his own, EP-length material
to drop this year — he released quick fire single, ‘Fantasy’, back in February.
* Slanted toward a more clinical sound, ‘Kapsize 021’ is raw and stripped-back, rippled with scorn and menace. Opener
‘Mad Night’ begins with a jazzy, soulful interlude that soon explodes into life with bruising, crunching, face-melting power,
while on ‘Melkweg Bass’ — a track named after the iconic club in Amsterdam — and ‘Medium Core’, Joker zeroes back
in on throwing out heavy, sound-system pressure.
* A natural extension of his earliest work, ‘Kapsize 021’ captures Joker at his meanest and most powerful, reminding us
all that he remains one of the UK’s underground greats.