A lot of the time, instrumental tracks need to have a lot going on to stay interesting. If you’ve only got a few elements at play, those elements better be strong. In the case of Christian Rich’s “Seven,” minimalism proves effective. In fact, some of the most gripping pieces of this production are the gaps—the moments of complete silence that make the beat that much more satisfying when it drops back in. These are the kinds of thumps and snaps that would make Dilla proud.
The duo, known for their work with Earl Sweatshirt and Childish Gambino, are gearing up for a new EP. They’re not sure if this one’s going to end up on the project. Check it out below, and listen to their re-work of Gambino’s “Crawl” here.