You Have To Hear This London Producer’s Maximalist Take On Hip-Hop Grooves

Gylzey puts an experimental edge on classic beats.

January 19, 2017
You Have To Hear This London Producer’s Maximalist Take On Hip-Hop Grooves Courtesy Gylzey

Electronic producer Gylzey hails from Greenwich in south east London, and his U.K. roots are audible on his latest mixtape Yellow — a deliciously eclectic ode to old school hip-hop. Ricocheting from boom bap to jazz to garage, with some sultry saxophone in between, Yellow is unpredictable in the best kind of way.

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The nine-track mixtape, premiering on The FADER, offers more tranquil listening than Gylzey’s amped-up 2016 EP, 0-100. On standout track “Stuntin,” the Londoner layers strings and horns under a smooth reworking of Birdman and Lil Wayne’s “Stuntin Like My Daddy.” Gylzey explained in an email to The FADER: “I wanted to [pay] homage to hip-hop because it’s played such a huge role in my life. I feel like people can already hear my electronic influences clearly, so this mixtape is focused on what I'm listening to at the moment, while still trying to experiment with sounds and grooves.” Listen to Yellow below.

You Have To Hear This London Producer’s Maximalist Take On Hip-Hop Grooves