Have you ever sat and thought about what would happen if a grim and frostbitten Finland mountain range had sex with a smooth and unrelenting rap album? Well they did and their baby is what this EP sounds like. The latest release from young Philadelphia rapper Ammit and the ever progressive producer Jayyeah sees the duo create something that sounds akin to a mad scientist’s brain activity. These dudes are both younger and more talented than me but I can’t be salty about these things when they release an EP like Ruin.
The EP starts with a track called “REVEREND” which is a gradual and laid back song that progressesat just the right pace to set the tone for the rest of the tape. It’s short and to the point and the production is tranquil which lets Ammit take the reins to grab the listener right from the off. The next song (and my personal favourite) is “///BLACK SLAB”. This song’s adlibs are provided by one Shane Fae, an affiliate of Ammit’s and it helps take the EP out of itself and it sounds like being lost in the woods in the best possible way. The third song on the tape is “BLEACH CASTLE” which from the off sounds like it was recorded in a haunted mansion thanks to Jay’s ominous production which quickly turns from ominous to a hurried vibe when Ammit comes in which allows for some excellent invocation of disorientation.
After a short interlude the song “1692” comes in. Now if the last song was recorded in a haunted mansion this one was made in an abandoned lighthouse. This particular song sounds a lot more personal, not in the content sense, but it sounds like Ammit is talking directly to you. This is a sudden and well timed transition from the remote and intimidating tone of the first half of the EP. Then in comes “BEYBLADE420” which uses some really awesome bell sounds to create a sense of importance throughout. This song’s flow sounds like it’s on waves and the production makes it sound like it’s happening in a concert hall. Instantly after this another version of the same song plays which is an edited version of its sister track by Resign dubbed as Ducked and Cut. It takes the song and makes it sound like the whole EP is melting and slowly deteriorating which is a perfect way to end such an ominous EP.
The whole EP sounds like a cautious journey through several unsettling locations but Jayyeah manages to give it an underlying feeling of importance making the songs sound almost regal. As for Ammit’s rhymes and flow there’s no one who could carry a tape like this like him. He definitely has a morbid penchant for atmospheric distortion.
You can download the EP on Soundcloud here: http://ammit.bandcamp.com/album/ruin-ep