Los Angeles-based DJ, producer and tastemaker Nedarb has had a prolific last couple years. His ominous, minimal trap stylings have served as the foundation for a larger movement in hip-hop. His production hands have touched the canvasses of rising rap acts like $UICIDEBOY$, Xavier Wulf, and Ghostemane. But most notably, he helped develop the early sound of late GOTHBOICLIQUE ringleader Lil Peep. His moody, atmospheric trap sensibilities have helped usher in a new wave of rappers who identify with rock and emo as much as they do hip-hop. Now, he’s released a surprise tape of stripped-down beats that showcases his ambient side.
i’ll be fine features five songs of slow, moody trap experimentation, with melodic bass, synths, and guitar lines clashing with propulsive hi-hats. The opening title track eases you into a misty, melodic soundscape punctuated with scattered thudding bass drops. Here, Nedarb builds a dark, cold, and suspenseful atmosphere from a limited palette of sounds. All of this is within his usual wheelhouse, though his loose and minimal approach here allows the beats to really breathe and explore more pensive, psychedelic textures. For instance, “let’s go see avengers” shifts a bit more up-tempo, with piercing synth quirks accompanying a more frenetic rhythmic pattern. And closing track “escapism” serves as a chill, cathartic outro that hits you with the feels. Ultimately, i’ll be fine serves as a brief masterclass in ambient beat-making.
You can purchase the tape and dive into the rest of Nedarb’s stacked discography HERE. And you can also listen to i’ll be fine below via Bandcamp.