Listen to this sedate cut from the New Cross rapper's re-released mixtape.
Here’s another track from Chinese/Vietnamese MC Triad God, AKA Vinh Soi Ngan, whose ‘NXB’ (‘New Cross Boys’) mixtape was re-mastered and re-released by trendsetting LA label Hippos In Tanks this week.
I Never Told You has an airy vibe, with trance-y piano stabs whose melody doesn’t always quite fall where the ear expects it to. Over this, Ngan nonchalantly murmurs the refrain “I never told you, I wanna hold you”, which sounds more unsettling the longer it goes on (I’m thinking of this). The whole thing slots right into the uncanny world of Hippos In Tanks; overly sheened production that falls perilously close to an excessively commercialised sound, but ends up occupying an altogether more wayward space.