Set to a groove that could turn anyone into an R&B fan, the hip-hop-influenced “Fall” from MkX slinks into focus with a lot of gusto, but make no mistakes about it – this is a single and music video that were meant to be sipped as opposed to chugged. There’s a lot of detail to take in here; from the textured stylization of the synth parts to the bassline’s incredibly volatile duel with the percussion (an element that admittedly steals away the thunder from the lyrics in a couple of moments), “Fall” feels like the amalgamative symphony of culture and rhythm you didn’t even know you needed in 2020.
The music video might not include any of the typical rap filler, but its overall aesthetical foundations lend credibility to a vintage influence MkX is ready to wear with pride here. “Fall” doesn’t have an extended running time, nor does it feel like it was meant to mark the start of a new chapter in its creator’s career (at least no more than any other release has); for all intents and purposes, it’s a symbolic gesture of his growth as opposed to an all-out watershed, but these days I’m not convinced the deficit between the two is all that significant.
“Fall” returns to the darkness with as much of a bludgeoning intensity as it starts us off with, and even though it isn’t the most elaborate composition that MkX has recorded in his career thus far, it’s still got the all the hallmarks of a pivotal release in his journey from the depths of the American underground to the spotlight of the primetime stage. He’s come up a lot just in 2020 alone, and if you didn’t think so before hearing this single, I think its combination of beats and brooding vocals will have you singing a different tune.
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