Hypno – real name Kari Guomundsson, the hotly tipped 17-year-old Icelandic producer who debuted on Ramp’s sister label Pattern earlier this year – returns with another super hot 12” on Tom Kerridge’s lauded imprint. Moving away from the previously explored territory of his house-meets-funky debut Over The Top, which saw him placed alongside the likes of Doc Daneeka, Hackman and Breach in the Pattern canon, Hypno now takes a grounding in the ever-evolving world of contemporary bass music. Much like the rest of the output from this camp, Hypno’s contribution succeeds in transcending genre boundaries, taking inspiration from many areas and combining his signature sounds into a new form – something the Ramp crew are renowned for, with releases from 2562, Zomby, Shortstuff, Falty DL and other zeitgeist tastemakers.
“Go Shorty” (a nod to 50 Cent!?) kicks things off with crisp, curt beats and firm drum kicks. Glitched up lyrical snatches are woven in with that Ramadanman/Mount Kimbie garage influenced, post-dubstep sensibility and chirruping SFX like windscreen wipers scraping against wet glass decorate the tripping beats as the track moves along. A low, rumbling b-line stirs things up from below, and there’s a generous dash of playful abandon in the arrangement. On the flip, “Sunkin” is a more stripped back affair with perfectly enunciated hollow, echoing beats forming the backbone of the piece. Gorgeously decadent, Hypno sews silky rhythms around a dark, velvety bass with delicate instrumental flourishes embroidered on top. Rolling out beautifully until the end, this is hypnotic stuff indeed.