Drill still reigns supreme in Europe, with freshmen popping up in the least expected places. Make way for Patonne, the top dog of Bosnian flow. With two new singles, the artist shows off his skill and flavor in the setting of the classic Drill.
‚That’s why I go Pop Smoke‘ might be deceitful, as there is actually little resemblance to the Brooklyn prodigy – only of his earlier career like Dior. The track is assembled accordingly to the tropes of the genre, built around 130 bpm, all the proper FX, a taste of a two-stepping drum pattern, and female vocalization intertwined with the beat. As the track goes on Patonne starts spitting rhymes in a low bromantic voice, occasionally morphing it with autotune and pitch modulation. The overall atmosphere breathes with UK Drill, street knowledge, and fascination with daily working-class hero machismo.
‚Metafetamin‘ is another exercise in House / Dancehall, this time a dedication to a Russian racer who got disqualified due to substance consumption. Quite an unexpected choice in 2022 but Patonne doesn’t seem like an artist who gives two fucks about the current agenda. ‚Metafetamin‘ is a more straightforward Rap track with a mainstream rave vibe, with elements of Eurodance of the 2000s. Motorized vehicles, gas stations, and chav style are also present here in exceeding amounts.
Patonne is a sign of things to come – the European scene is tired of androgynous rappers in expensive clothes and is yearning for old-school bratva style. And Patonne is here to deliver.
Text by Dmitriy Churilov