New York based producer Xuan Rong came to my attention last year with her single “Try Harder”, and now she’s following up her last EP with Bushka, an exploration through genres by ways of beautiful vocals and samples that are littered across the tracks.
The first track, “dddash” is a chilling track filled with icy synths along with layered and sampled vocals. So many elements come together come together to make something complete, although at times, it does feel a bit all over the place.
“Onwards” is the next track on the EP and it’s not my favorite song on the album as it feels like there’s a lot going on that doesn’t quite fit together, but lyrically it contains a lot of power. The synths that lead out the track are a really nice touch.
Next up is the song, “Be Here Now” and it’s a pretty impressive track as it was created out of samples from Seattle’s summer 2015 pride parade. It really takes a bunch of interesting sounds and lays them all together exceptionally well. If you’re a fan of samples and music created from them, this track is for you.
Fourth on the EP is “Weak (拜托)” and it’s a track that really leaves an impact on the listener. Heavy synths and several rap verses really get ingrained into your mind so that you hear them even after the first listen in your head. I’m not a fan on the vocals on the track that much because it seems a bit out of place
The title track, “Bushka”, is the next song on the track and it was a track released before the EP and it’s an instrumental track built on the basis of vocal samples. It’s a pretty nice track and another one fans of sampled music will love. It’s really an exploration through several genres and it shows Xuan Rong’s raw ability as a producer.
“Try Harder” was the first song that I heard from Xuan Rong last year (Read our original review here) and it really impressed me. The song still is impressive in the context of the EP and stands out.
Xuan Rong’s second EP is good but feels all over the place in terms of production at times. There’s a lot going on at once and it’s hard to process all of it at once but it still has it’s moments throughout the tracks. Interesting sampling throughout the record along with layered vocals makes for some really interesting sounds that are truly unique and scattered across the tracks.
OVERALL, BUSHKA GETS A 6/10