Baby-faced Norwegian beat-creator Erik Spanne (aka Drippin) experiments in the gaps between grime, trap, hip hop, dub, techno, garage… you get the picture. Impossible to pin down, this young producer also runs his own club night, Ball Em Up, which aims to deliver Oslo the best of underground club music – a place Drippin obviously feels very at home.
He’s released two EPs in as many years: the riotous Night Flare in collaboration with Copout in 2013, and 2014’s EP, Silver Cloak. The latter EP is spliced with icy tribal rhythms that although stark, have satisfyingly heavy drops punched throughout, and Kyoto in particular is indicative of the rigidity that marks out a Drippin production. The punchy Air Jordans that immediately follows is a high-tempo take on the same themes.
Drippin doesn’t keep all his beats for himself – he’s worked with Sinjin Hawke on a track that featured on Chiraq’s premier bop-star duo Sicko Mobb’s mixtape, Mulah, in May, and worked with Souldrop on outspoken NYC rapper Le1f’s Coins back in 2013.
It’s an impressive roll call of achievements over the last two years, and for twenty-five year old Drippin, the only way seems to be up. He’s been picked as part of RBMA’s Class of 2015, and he’s off to New York this summer as part as his star turn on the festival circuit. Of course, he’ll be visiting his home country too – you can catch him at Øya Festival in Oslo this August.