Listen: 'fre$h' By Profound
20 February 2017
Delhi-based producer, Profound just dropped his latest EP, ‘fre$h’. Though he's refusing to call it an EP, ‘fre$h’ is exactly that. Every track is a tight, controlled and measured beat - littered with classic samples and braggadocio quotes.
Throughout the EP, he manages to straddle boom-bap rap and subvert vintage break beats by nullifying their jackin’ energy while maintaining its essence. On tracks like ‘Sentences for Dilla’ and ‘Aint’ Shy’, he skates between sounds without sounding disjointed. At times, it feels like an ode to J Dilla and his iconic album, ‘Donuts’ - and maybe that's exactly how Profound wants us to feel about it.
“It’s more of a beat tape. I literally just made beats. An EP is more well thought of, I feel. Every beat was made in one sitting. No tracks should be sat on, just finish them. I feel it was more about the method and the take on production that got fresh sounding like what it does because, for a rap beat, you need empty spaces to fill up with your flow. But I try that we don't need words to understand what I create. So that the flow I subconsciously get is not tampered with by excessive thinking or too much planning. The beats are simple yet loud. Some of them are rude, but that's how I feel.” - Profound