Returning from an extended musical hiatus, Slough-based wordsmith Byron has teamed up with the equally lyrically profound Esskay for the four-track Artform EP. Produced in its entirety by TruOmega, the project thoughtfully delves into a variety of subjects including ancestry, addiction and altercations.
Known for his work with Emeli Sandé, Ghetts and Dot Rotten, Byron first turned heads with his debut album Jack of None – a seminal LP exploring the intersections between hip hop, dubstep and grime. Esskay‘s discography similarly traverses genres; when the Cheshunt MC’s not frequenting pirate radio sets, he may be found crafting introspective rap songs.
Artform, as a result, draws from all these influences, with three of its tracks orbiting the traditional grime tempo of 140 beats per minute. Visuals for “Save Me” and “Bars On Mic” preceded the project’s release, while the experimental, Bipolar Spider-directed video for “DNA” dropped today to coincide with the EP’s release.
The Artform EP is out now via digital stores and streaming services. Listen in full below.