Rising star Karnage Kills brings a fresh perspective to grime, and sound artist rkss turns a sample pack inside out on her new LP.
This week on Top Flight, journalist Ruth Saxelby is standing in for Chal Ravens to play the best new bass, breaks and riddims from around the world – from gqom to grime, dancehall to drum and bass, and more. On this episode, she’s joined by two London artists pushing their sounds into new territory. Grime artist Karnage Kills recently followed his debut mixtape, SUCK IT, with the summer anthem “Timberlands” — the track is a shining example of his razor-sharp wit and idiosyncratic flow. He explains how he got his start in music and why it’s time the rest of the scene paid attention. Next, computer music innovator rkss talks through the inspiration behind her extraordinary new album, DJ Tools, on Lee Gamble’s UIQ label. Made using sounds sourced entirely from a sample pack called “EDM Kicks Vol 1,” it’s a lesson in breaking rules and confounding expectations.