Loski Makes A Major Statement With 'Music, Trial & Trauma: A Drill Story'

Loski Makes A Major Statement With 'Music, Trial & Trauma: A Drill Story'

November 23, 2020

Loski has dropped his long-awaited debut album, Music, Trial & Trauma: A Drill Story, and it's safe to say the rollout — which included team-ups with Fredo, Popcaan, Stormzy, Aitch and fellow Harlem Spartans Blanco and MizOrMac — successfully caught scene's attention.

We're all aware of the cloud cast by Loski's legal issues, but his ability with both mic and pen cannot be questioned. Rewind back to 2018 and Loski was marking himself as a prodigious talent with head-turning bars on Harlem Spartans' "Call Me A Spartan". Two years later and few can argue that he hasn't lived up to expectations with a noticeable evolution. Although he recently rebuffed any notion of turning his back on drill, the plethora of sounds at play on Music, Trial & Trauma: A Drill Story perhaps hint at a desire to express himself beyond the confines of hi-hat triplets and 808 slides.

Feature-wise, we get an Afrobeats infusion with Davido on "Naija Man", a garage injection on the Mike Skinner-assisted "Blinded", and we see North and South London united on "Basil Brush" with OFB's Bandokay and Double Lz. Loski also brings forth an elevated social eye with help from Akala on "Interlude 2", putting to rest the so-called 'links' between Blackness and crime. Wrapping things up on a mellow note, the tape ends with "Life So Deep", centred around the angelic vocals of Emeli Sandé and elevated with a sample from "Liberian Girl" by the late, great Michael Jackson. Music, Trial & Trauma: A Drill Story also has some of the finest producers on the buttons, including M1OnTheBeat, TSB, Steel Banglez, Naughty Boy, Fanatix and more.

Loski has made a major statement with this project and, as these 16 tracks show, his rapid artistic growth continues to be his greatest asset.

Words: Ian Opolot
Photography: Flitcher Santana