The last time we shared something from Bristol label Crazylegs on The FADER, it was the immense ballroom/grime fusion "Bad Bitch" by UK producer Gage and Philadelphia producer/vocalist Kevin JZ Prodigy. Today we've got something new from the label, and it shows them keeping the good stuff coming: ISLAND is a (so far) anonymous Welsh duo that gave a kind of mission statement late last year with a mixtape called "ISLAND joints," featuring all-original productions that melded '80s textures with grime, R&B, and house beats. "E S Q," streamable below, finds them with an even more controlled sound, drawing a similar sense of retro-feeling drama in rich, pastel hues, but to even heavier effect—it's the first track and a strong leading statement for their forthcoming debut EP, NOKIA (artwork above.) ISLAND gave The FADER some backstory on the track via email: "E S Q ended up being the track we kind of based the whole EP on. It shows both sides of ISLAND: NOKIA wouldn't work without it." Be sure to pre-order a copy of the EP in anticipation of its release on April 6th.
Cover Artwork for Nokia: Brendan Bennett