RBMA 2013 participant En2ak returns this April with his third full-length for U Know Me Records, Warsaw’s purveyors of all things beats and bass. Featuring collaborations with New York rapper Jimmy Jams and Polish producer Spisek Jednego, En2ak continues to evolve his hyper-detailed sound on his latest LP – 3.
Thirteen genre-bending tracks make up 3, an album clearly not afraid to take some risks. It’s an intriguing patchwork of samples and bubbling synths, weaving in and out of beats borrowing from the swagger of hip-hop and the frenetic feel of footwork. “6 by 9s”, featuring Jimmy Jams (whose work has included collaborations with Netsky, as well as his current project Widows), is a highlight, and a bold look at the future sound of hip-hop. Throughout 3, En2ak is casually flipping off conventional standards with eyes firmly set on the future.
Perhaps it was this brazenly experimental approach that caught the attention of the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy. As RBMA describes its future participant, who is set to open for Flying Lotus during his time in New York, “the arrhythmic sound of Poland's En2ak draws directly on his love of classic cut-and-paste music, from DJ Shadow to Coldcut and DJ Vadim.”
Based in Wroclaw, Poland, En2ak has continuously wowed audiences with his productions, from his debut 2011 LP Celestial Toyroom to 2012’s Minerva, Mayhem And Margaritas. As part of the Przasnik duo, En2ak has released vinyl for Funky Mamas and Papas, as well as remixes for the likes of Igor Boxx, Dreadsquad, and Una Mas Trio. On top of it all, En2ak is also a member of the Poppa Fats' Dlghts DJ collective.
With his RBMA experience and the release of 3 just around the corner, it’s about time the world got to know about En2ak.
released 29 April 2013
Artwork: Otecki / otecki.com
Mastering: Marcin Cichy (Skalpel)