Inspired heavily by EDM, Hip-Hop, Soul, and Rock, Skinny The Apocalypse (a.k.a., Stuart Pike), began as a cub DJ in the city of Bristol, UK before moving into the world of music production.
Now, the rapper, singer, producer—who’s influences include the likes of Vektor, Borgore, Run The Jewels, Ghostmane, NIN, and many more—has just dropped his debut EP, The Digital Self, from which the lead-off single (by the same name) has come across our radar.
Complex and interwoven with layers of sometimes airy—sometimes abrasive—synth, the track is an immediately recognizable derivative of 80’s synth-pop—and—modern electro-pop. A haunting and effects-laden melody, flow-of-consciousness-style lyrics, and an etheric electric guitar solo (at the 2:28 mark), create a dark and dreamy industrial landscape of sound which is both dicey and emotive.
“I will wait for you somewhere without time
Lean your head closer, everything is fine…”
If The Digital Self is to your liking, you’ll want to check out the rest of the EP on YouTube, in order to experience the full spectrum of Skinny’s unique and creative method of melody composition and production. In particular, I’m digging the hip-hop influence which—sometimes subtly, sometimes not-so-subtly—underlies every track. Very unique. Very interesting.
BELOW: Watch/Listen to Skinny The Apocalypse’s single, The Digital Self, and connect with his website and social media platforms. Please support Skinny The Apocalypse by visiting him online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing his music, or attending a live show! And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!