Walton is no stranger when it comes to dark frequencies and the superb ‘Taiko’ EP takes influence from Far Eastern sounds with a wealth of space and subtle percussive grooves.
The A-side features two fierce and stark club cuts, with ‘Tension’ setting the tone for the murkiness inside. You may recognise the track from Madam X’s wildly hyped Boiler Room set and it’s found it’s way into Loefah’s bag too. Title track ‘Taiko’ hinges on a groove that bounces and slams its way through the runtime with Mary Ann Hobbs a fan of “the dark, tribal textures”
On the flipside the pace is kept up with two more dense, atmospheric tracks, with ‘Black Hole’ employing a heavy set, feverish use of percussion and ‘Zen’ acting as a more cinematic cut, almost like a weightless, demonic lullaby.