A Hundred Drums makes her powerful debut on Deadbeats with new four-track EP, ‘Enough Is Enough’
A Hundred Drums uses her platform for social justice commentary and intelligent sound design.
Time and again, A Hundred Drums just oozes the powerful Divine Feminine. Following her placement on CE‘s Top Female Underground Bass Producers back in March, Denver-based producer Gabrielle Watson now comes to the fore with her newest EP, Enough Is Enough. Out now on Zeds Dead’s Deadbeats Records, the four-track extended player is an eclectic mixture of deep, dark undertones, puddling sub-bass, ethereal Eastern elements, an intelligent use of field recordings, and so much more.
Beginning with a powerful spoken word selection starring the poetry of close friend and confidant Leah Riggs, the two black female artists and Northern California residents take the space to say the things that need to be said about being black and female in America. It’s a cheeky critique in the style of slam performance that one might typically hear on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam, but it’s particularly resonant for its placement on Deadbeats, a label dominated by white men.
Next up is “Dust Bones” with Pedro Soares, a fitting continuance of “Intro” for how its reverb-heavy intro allows the previous tracks’ message to fully sink in. Then comes a Solfeggio chime and slowing building broken beat tones over shamanic chanting. The track is heavy, yet subdued, and builds perfectly. From the eerie introspective soundscapes of “Stop” and into the ragga-influenced beats and justice system commentary of “The Root of It All,” Watson shines on this powerful Deadbeats debut.
Truly a journey-filled listening experience from start to finish, Enough Is Enough is both a culmination of A Hundred Drums’ time in the studio during the quarantine and the perfect encapsulation of her musical trajectory up to this point. Stream the full EP below.
A Hundred Drums – Enough Is Enough EP
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