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"You Drive Me To Plastic"

Bullion – You Drive Me To Plastic
27 April 2011, 08:00 Written by Gina Louise

You Drive Me To Plastic is the latest offering from experimental hip hop artist Bullion (aka Nathan Jenkins), whose ripples have recently turned to waves since signing with Young Turk Records. This strikingly short collection of tracks lies halfway between an EP and an album, and has neither the unsatisfied frustration of the former, nor the potentially forced longevity of the latter.

This being said, the curious sample laden non-LP ultimately leaves me with a feeling of – “What just happened here then?” – Bullion has created an aural attack of the senses, by welding together a barrage of disparate samples that are well anticipated, if a little incohesive. Their quirky and original nature suggests there’s little discrimination in Jenkin’s selection process, and the hundreds that he uses span through the decades and genres in a sea of indecipherable collisions, rendering him unpredictable if nothing else.

‘Wrong Door In(tro)’ prepares you well for what you are getting yourself into, sharing a couple of former Bullion creations, interlinked with footsteps and slamming doors. As you navigate your way deeper into the album you’re confronted with more dense, conflicting layers, but under the jungle of samples and sounds you are always left with toe-tapping beats and an underlying theme of tropicalia.

This is particularly prominent in the strongest track here, ‘Magic Was Ruler’. Despite each cut having an incredibly self-contained entity due to Bullion’s contrite mixing, the clash of soundscapes and ideas blend together in one tangled mass of creation. Together it sounds awkward and clunky, yet surprisingly works. It perhaps lacks complete integrity in the layering of samples, yet his considered approach is not to be underestimated. Mechanical groaning, radio voice overs, hip hop beats and electronic conceits all fight for a place in the heavily built landscape of Bullion’s musical mind.

Despite its heady ambitiousness, this album is perhaps only a pre cursor to greater things to come from this young West-Londoner.

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