Linkin is a huge track. Stunning production at every moment means that from the minimal and up front nature of the first few bars right through to the thick and explosive energy of the final section, everything strikes hard. The intro alone, as simplistic an idea as it is, pulls you in with its creative reach. Then as the bass notes step up to centre stage, there’s a touch of nineties nostalgia to it all, and on top of everything you get the power of that leading vocal. The verse vocal is loaded with character and honesty, the words speak a truth that only the artist can choose to explore and share, the sort that breathes new life into rap and grime. The speed and swagger of the performance is superb.
If anything, the track is too short, but that’s the nature of the game. Better to leave them wanting more than to overstay your welcome. The energy of the track is intense and the vibes it brings offer something of an uplifting, inspiring, motivational mood that lingers long after listening. For a genre that is titled so as to appear less than clear or crisp or clean, this particular offering is as stylishly crafted and finished as possible, and it works brilliantly in the context of the music.
The final vocal section or hook presents a change in character, adds an alternative dynamic, keeps things fresh and interesting. The beat continues to impress at every moment, more and more towards that final quarter, and all in all you get a heavy and addictive track that’s instantly recognisable after just a single listen. If Eddie Vegas is back making grime music, here’s hoping there’s plenty more like this to come.