Nottingham, England-based rapper producer Kid Trash is back, sporting their second full length project in the exhilarating, musical boundary-pushing Slasherrr.
As was the case on their previous release #KidTrashEternal, the artist’s strongest work is almost always when working with their own beats. The title track, which begins with (possibly sampled) acoustic guitar strumming soon launches into a real earworm of a track, synths hanging beguilingly behind Trash’s arresting vocals. ‘I got all these demons tryna haunt me’, they lament on the song’s hook. The album is clearly the work of a tortured artist, the often less than comprehensible delivery only adding to the mystique created by the album’s alluringly chaotic production.
‘Gum’ is another major highlight, the lyrics are some of the most immediately engaging on the entire project and Trash’s vocals are more central in the mix than anywhere else. The production is the usual guitar/synth blend that we’ve grown to love, exploding into one of the album’s most volatile beats as soon as the drums kick in. ‘They said they got it but they got it all wrong’ is a standout lyric that underscores what we already know about Trash: they aren’t an easily understood person or artist and that air of mystery only makes their music more enticing and mysterious. The song has genuinely hilarious moments (‘Turn his girl to my precious like Lord of the Rings’) as well as moments where the rapper reflects on their growth (‘Had to cut him off cos I could tell that something wasn’t right). From a songwriting perspective, this is the artist’s strongest song to date.
The album’s aesthetic matches Trash’s past releases, and it’s appropriate that there is a track here titled ‘Mary E Smiledog’ as that’s the first thing that I thought of when I saw the cover art. On this cut, Trash’s vocals are less affected and angrier in tone. It’s arguably the album’s biggest banger. As a set of tracks Slasherrr runs beautifully, but as an album that dives deeper into Trash’s mind (and in doing so becomes increasingly adventurous with its songwriting) it’s pretty much perfect. This is a significant evolution for the rapper-producer’s style, introducing the world to a more ambitious version of the artist that dropped #KidTrashEternal merely six months ago.
Listen to the album in full here.
Follow Trash on Twitter here.
– Chris (@108mics)