New York producer Frankis has an ear for electronic rhythms and a mind for putting together the clearest, most cohesive arrangements. On his first solo project, a sketch of mediocrity, just released yesterday, Frankis “captures his experience as an 18 year old who learned how to express himself in a hypercritical environment.” With nine distinct pieces of a greater puzzle, the project transitions flawlessly to and from each track. Pulling samples from iconic songs across music history including Jackson 5’s “My Cherie Amour” and Childish Gambino’s “Baby Boy,” Frankis carefully curates a sonic experience that does not feel superfluous, but, rather, crucial to the project’s harmony.
Two minutes into a sketch of mediocrity, R&B rapper Myles Cameron hops on vocals with his original track, “Cross Your Mind.” Here, his delivery is a smooth, deep croon, aided by Frankis’ expert production. A blend of bubbling electric beats, slaps of percussion, and choral backup combine for a deliciously slick arrangement. The next few pieces of the project flow seamlessly, impressive instrumental transitions leading right into each other with bursts of complex rhythms like fireworks or slow-burning with thick looming beats, fuzzy and crackling for extra audible detail. Later, Austin-based rapper Big Kee features on “Trip To Hell,” in which he delivers in-your-face wordplay like “Heaven ain’t cheap and we broke as fuck, better live it up, sayin’ praying’s ain’t enough” over swollen trap-rock instrumentation, with additional production courtesy of Sean Haederle. Clocking in at just over 12 minutes, the project ends with a sleek, shimmering slow-jam ft. hip-hop artist Commonminds.
On a sketch of mediocrity, Frankis proves that he’s just as hard-working and sincere about his craft as big name producers in the game today. Anybody can hear a good rhythm, but Frankis listens to exactly which elements come together to make magic, and this gift will propel him far into the experimental music world. Giving love to fellow up-and-comers, Frankis has singlehandedly launched a wildly engaging project that shares secret talent with the whole world. This is a big deal — and we’re grateful.