Listen: What So Not finally drop the long-awaited Gemini EP
Originally the collaborational project of Flume and Emoh Instead, What So Not have been the source of some serious bangers over the past few years, most notably Jaguar, Tell Me (their collaboration with RL Grime), Touched and their infamous remix of Major Lazer's break-out single (sorry Lean On), Get Free. Back in April, we were told that What So Not would no longer be a duo, with Flume and Emoh parting ways for whatever reason and leaving us with Gemini, a track featuring George Maple that would also mark as the title track of their final collaborative EP. Since then, it's pretty safe to say that Gemini has been absolutely hammered, but after many months of waiting (rumours are that it was due to label clashes) the full EP has dropped in all its glory, for free.
The EP kicks off with the intro, a one-minute teaser into the title single that sets the tone for what's to follow. The soft key progression of Gemini accompanies a quick verse by Philly rapper Tunji Ige and although many people are saying that the intro track is a bit of a 'waste of space' for an EP that's taken so long to be publically released, it serves as a really good introduction of the title track, which follows the introduction as the second single on the release. Gemini is by far the most well-done single on the release, with a layers of melodic synth and bass building alongside George Maple's vocals, which doesn't take long to launch into that now very familiar drop, with crisp percussion claps and swirling synth throughout. Lending a hand from good friend Dillon Francis, Arrows is another single that you would totally expect from What So Not, with a real unique, percussion-heavy drop that's crammed with teasers of Dawn Golden's vocals. Death Drive is like a time-machine that takes you back five years, with a real late-00's vibe blending in with What So Not's signature bass-heavy drops. KLP's vocals soar above the beat, which is laden with syncopated marimba, whistles and veers away from the real percussion-heavy, more traditional 'turn-up' trap drops that feature across Arrows and Gemini. The EP ends with Oddity, a single Flume has been teasing in his sets for months and for a good reason. Oddity is passionate and anthemic, with layers of samples of synth closing the EP at a strong-point. Although missing some incredibly hyped singles (GOH, What So Not's collaboration with Skrillex and KLP comes to mind), the Gemini EP has definitely been well worth the wait, and can finally be streamed in full below.