Shank roars on well-produced 'Rainbow Riddim' [Pulse EP Review]

This is one of Nigeria’s best-produced EPs of 2021.

Shank - Rainbow Rhythm. (The Plug)

Around the late 2000s, Shank launched onto the Nigerian scene with ‘Julie,’ which became an instant. His debut album, King Kong also became the toast of Nigerian women.

Over 10 years later, he returns with a six-track EP, Rainbow Riddim. Delivered in his signature Patois, he discusses love, woman problems, faith and struggles with braggadocio in tow. But all those play second fiddle to the production, which forms the basis of this EP.

With EDM melodies and chord progressions, Shank’s producers introduce Dancehall/Bashment rhythms, which elevate a listener’s experience. In a lot of ways, this EP feels like something that Walshy Fire, Lassana or Izybeats, considering what those Island producers have done with Koffee and Skales, over the past two years.

The sonic feel of Shank’s latest EP is thus suited to a foreign landscape, as a music that could potentially have a lot of unexpected mileage. One thing that could be explored for this EP is sync.

To go with the sonic brilliance conjured by his producer, Shank produces the right brand of technique and flow scheme for each beat.

A record like ‘Dan Dem’ is simply amazing for a lot of reasons. Did anybody hear its looped post-chorus? This music deserves to blare out of speakers in a major arena.

In this TikTok era, Shank should put the ‘Dan Dem’ hook and post-chorus on the app and watch it catch major fire. The same goes for the final stretch of ‘Shit On You’

This is one of Nigeria’s best-produced EPs of 2021.

Ratings: /10

• 0-1.9: Flop

• 2.0-3.9: Near fall

• 4.0-5.9: Average

• 6.0-7.9: Victory

• 8.0-10: Champion

Pulse Rating: /10

8.5 - Champion

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