Returning from their June collaborative release of Quarantine Capsule, producer Kid Snow and SMPM favourite Tashan are joined by the talented Aonenine for Minerals, a brand new five track EP for you to enjoy in 2020.
Opening out with a song named after Abella Danger is a move that I just have to respect, especially when it's such a good song. Kid Snow's production is dark and moody, giving Aonenine and Tashan a great deal to work with on top of the track with their *obvious* quality, and the beat switch-up at 3:13 is a really interesting change - though would probably have sounded a bit cleaner if the vocals dropped out at the same time, with the two not really combining that neatly.
Second track 'Minor Mills' is a great highlight from the project. Beginning with some very clear nods to Travis Scott-esque vocal production in the opening seconds, the song gets better and better as the track progresses. Aonenine's verse from 0:52 onwards is his best of the EP, Tashan kills it, and with a colossal feature from Songer closing out the track, if you only have the chance to listen to one song from Minerals, make sure it's this one. There's a bar about cooking a Bolognese. Wild.
'Black and White (The Legacy of the Lost File)' is a softer cut, with the MIDI-guitar tones suiting Aonenine and Tashan incredibly well. Snow demonstrates an interesting ability to experiment with different styles on Minerals, and the style of this track might just be the most interesting from the whole project. A feature from London's Frazer lands particularly well on fourth track 'The Night', sung swallowed up by a fantastically produced vocal affectation, though the tune's chorus felt a little underwhelming while surrounded by excellent production and contributions from the three.
Finishing off (pretty abruptly) with 'Cashtashtic', Minerals proves itself to be a worthwhile project emerging from the UK underground this year. The songs all diverge into interesting directions, feeling as though a great deal of combinations are explored through Snow's creativity and the strength of Aonenine and Tashan. The features are tight, the cover art is mint, and though the EP does at time find itself emulating the artist's influences slightly too directly, SMPM recommends Minerals wholeheartedly.
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