It has been quite the year for 18-year-old Sam Gellaitry. Hailing from Scotland, the young producer was relatively unknown before his debut EP hit earlier in the year on the Soulection label. Entitled ‘Short Stories’, the EP saw him re-capture predecessors’ Hudson Mohawke & Rustie’s futuristic take on traditional Hip Hop, with a fresh overflow of ideas and imaginative melodies that left us questioning whether this kid was just 18. Clearly one to watch for the future, XL Recordings have been quick to snap up the young talent. The Scotsman hasn’t failed to deliver, the recently released 5 track EP ‘Escapism’ is arguably his finest work to date.
Never sitting on one idea for too long, he moves fluidly between synth heavy chord progressions and Trap infused beat patterns. His influences echo across the EP, but his broad use of instrumentation and precise production put him on a pedestal and set him apart from the pack. To celebrate the XL release, Brixton nightclub Phonox invited Gellaitry to host an EP launch on 4th December.
Just past the legal age, some might have found it daunting to be the focal point of a South London Friday. Sam however seemed unfazed, arriving with a squad of pals whose excitement and disbelief at being with the centrepiece couldn’t be contained. High energy levels immediately transposed throughout the club, the crowd responding wildly each time Gellaitry reached for one of his own productions. Laser lights bounced off an erratic palette of sound as he glided through bass heavy mutations from the likes of Cashmere Cat & Hudson Mohawke.
Drawing to a climax, it was only right that he finished with fan favourite ‘Long Distance’, sparking utter chaos on the dance floor. Only time will tell to see what the future brings for Gellaitry, but with two standout EP’s, signing to XL, and a sold out show in the heart of London, it certainly seems bright.
Purchase ESCAPISM via Bleep
Words: Callum Wright