San Holo ‘Victory’ EP
Dutch producer SAN HOLO has had a pretty good 12 months or so lately, with his name rising to prominence in the national and international scene. He has wasted no time at all cashing in on such hype, and has decided to run with it by releasing a new EP, titled Victory.
Marking his debut on label Monstercat, San Holo has just served up three massive, massive tracks to further cement his place as one to definitely keep an eye on. Distancing himself from comparisons to such acts like Cashmere Cat and Wave Racer, he has instead has produced three of the more progressive trap songs heard in recent times.
From the title track ‘Victory’, with it’s hard hitting, distorted synths and Lido-esque chimes, the plunging bass and ear-worm melody – we’re off to a good start. The Mario-Kart with trap arms vibes are strong, but the effort to not be just another replica of it’s predecessors is considerable, and commendable.
Next, ‘Hold Fast’ featuring the dreamy vocals of Tessa Douwstra sees the producer further his exploration, with unrelenting creativity. Not scared to do something different, the bouncing bass, screechy keys and 8-bit style combine to give ‘Hold Fast’ a wide mix of influence, which is just as evident in the final track, ‘Shrooms’.
Definitely his most trap track yet, ‘Shrooms’ is a total jam on this EP, and a personal highlight. The screeches, the plunging bass, the spliced vocals, ‘Shrooms’ is just a lot of fun, and is where San Holo gets loose, and really goes to town.
The Victory EP is a very impressive release from San Holo, and is hopefully indicative of what we can expect to hear from in the future. If his creativity and lack of fear when it comes to experimenting is anything to go by, I would say that we can only expect better, and even bigger things to come from him.
Words by Emma Jones.