Favorite ThisGladkill: Perception EP Review

Published: September 27, 2012
By: Alex Silva

Gladkill's newest EP, Perception, was officially released this week. Boris Gladkikh, the Siberian-born glitch-hop phenom, has been dropping beats under the pseudonym Gladkill (http://gladkill.com) since the release of his first digital album, Alpha, back in 2007. Since his debut, he has successfully established himself as a thriving artist in the music industry and has performed at festivals across the country and beyond like Burning Man, Coachella, and even Envision in Coast Rica.

Known for producing music that breaches the boundaries of various styles, his latest work advances his mission of indulging listeners in a sonic experience that is eclectic in both sound and tenor. A collection of reworks, remixes, and bootlegs, it's packed with soothing melodic progressions and timeless vocal samples, all while layered with syncopated basslines and depth defining reverbs. Beginning with "Breathe," the 4-track album is presented as your average dubstep piece, heightening as it advances from track to track, stretching all the way through "Good Ones Go." However, instead of the expected overwhelming and tightly layered sounds that are normally associated with the genre, the album is driven by a much more ambient pace that is heavily influenced by the rhythmic elements of hip-hop and R&B. The 6-track bonus version includes two extra songs, "Found You" and "Back Where We Started," that revert the album back down to it's original state of sensual beats and mild, downtempo electronica.

Gladkill's Perception EP is now available as a digital download on Bandcamp (http://gladkill.bandcamp.com) for free. The 6-track bonus version is also available for a small donation of just $3. Gladkill is scheduled to accompany Bassnectar for his 2012 North American Fall Tour which kicks off in Greensboro, North Carolina on September 27th.

Tags: DowntempoDubstepGlitch