I have virtually no information on my
man Gutta, I got an email, then I received a CD. So one thing we can say is that
the guy seems organsied and is no flake in terms of living up to his words.
Seems to be a one man affair with pretty much all the work being done by Gutta
himself and to introduce us to him he's dropping a four track CD appropriately
Stoppit the opener lets us know that he is from Essex in the opening bars,
so there is one bit of info about him. The production loops up a backwards horn
and has a real head nodding groove to it. The verse just slides in with no
announcement in terms of beat change and as such loses some of the impact that
could have been created there. The lyrics are mostly on the boasting and put
down tip, staples of many opening track and perhaps something that needs moving
away from in general.
Battlin' Ain't Dead continues in the same lyrical vein, but makes use of
some more orchestral strings and grand piano for the backing. Both of these
opening beats have touches of Premo influence about them with the chopped
samples, but need a bit of work to loose the eventual monotony that sets in with
the unchanging arrangements. Gutta here has a much gruffer delivery and even if
it is a lame comparison I'd liken this style to a UK DMX. There is a bit of drum
machine about the beat, which is contrasted with the next track where the sound
of the kick drum is really heavy and has been engineered just right.
Enuff Is Enuff moves further into DMX territory with a distorted electric
guitar riff and a more simplistic scan to the rhymes with each of the lines
having a slight pause before the next one. The chorus has an even more shouted
delivery which ties in with the title of the track and indicates someone about
to loose it. The track also features Knowledge of Mentis who has a voice that
contrasts with Gutta's quite starkly and together they bounce off each other
well, choosing to do a line or two each rather than the usual verse each.
The final track
Think starts off in a more abstract manner to the other tracks and is where
Gutta gets a bit more complex with his flows as he demonstrates another side to
his styles in a more classic funky track rather than the previous anger tinged
tracks. Of the whole EP this is the track that gets me enthused the most and is
also unfortunately the shortest.
There is obviously a great deal of talent across all areas of music making here,
but Gutta needs a small amount of polishing to be finished product. The areas I
feel need addressing are the clarity of the vocals, I understand that this guys
style is grimy and dirty, but I'm sure that there is something that can be done
to bring out the vocals a touch. Maybe it is partly a delivery thing, but more
likely practice at recording can expedite this minor failing. To put this in
context it isn't even a volume thing and I have heard many professionals who
come over far worse, it is probably my stock complaint that I would level at
many MCs. The other thing is the complexity of the arrangements, and whilst I do
think that the compositions are definitely the basis for good tracks they need a
bit more development in terms of changes over the full 3 minutes or more
duration of the tracks.
There seems to be more artists in this clique with DJ Vigilante's Filthy Mixtape
due out soon, and Gutta & Knowledge are hooking up again for a joint EP
entitled The Midnyt Xpress also due out soon. As ever I have probably written a
review that is overly harsh, so don't be turned off immediately without checking
this out for yourselves. I'm not sure where this will be available, but the packaging
is well designed so keep an eye out.