A warm welcome please for Ninja Tune's latest signing--King Cannibal, aka Zilla, aka Dylan Richards. Coming through with a hard-edged, utterly uncompromising industrial mash-up of sounds and rhythms from dancehall and drum 'n' bass, King Cannibal has had his music declared "too dark" by BBC Radio 1's Mary-Anne Hobbs (in a good way, dahling--she's played "Aragami Style" a bunch of times already).
And Ms. Mary-Anne isn't alone. Other early adopters include Bong Ra, Strictly Kev, Kid606, Knifehandchop, and Ebola. And "Aragami Style" is the place to start, as it's where King Cannibal starts, too.
Up until a couple of years ago, Zilla was best known for a series of remarkable mix tapes, including A Friendly Game of Chess (with Buddy Peace) and One Foot in the Fire, One Fist in the Air. But King Cannibal was born when Richards began experimenting with drum 'n' bass over dancehall rhythms. The track he made was "Aragami Style." Not for nothing has Amon Tobin described it as "A great tune... put together like a DJ's wet dream."
Over on the flip, "Flower of Flesh and Blood" combines singing ambience, alien invasion quotes, and the most menacing bass attack you'll hear outside of a actual alien invasion. Basically, it's an audio horror movie compressed into six minutes of music--it is not recommend to listen to this on one's own late at night...