MC and producer Le3 bLACK teams up with the multi-talented Aerside for a glitchy, garage-infused track ‘Status’.
Hailing from South East London, Le3 has been known to work with many other artists from south of the river, including CMillano and kayowa, plus much of the 237 collective and Hyperdub’s Loraine James frequently. Here, his partnership with Aerside pulls him into an industrial and experimental realm, rapping amidst the instrumental’s relentless rhythm and choppy shuffle.
It’s Fred Again.. in a dark room with James Blake and Skepta, adding an eerie electronic edge to a fundamentally British sound. Aerside’s skittish synths create intense textures throughout the track, which along with the various vocal effects, help to bring Le3 bLACK out of the box he’s fighting against.
‘Status’ follows the drilly ‘Cold Winter’ as Le3’s second single from his upcoming EP. Though he’s dropped a full-length mixtape every year since 2018, it sounds like this project could be the one to propel him out of the underground and into an even higher status.