Today marks the release of ‘Caustic Soda’, Dirty Dike’s third single/video from his highly anticipated ‘Acrylic Snail’ album. Following on from the high octane 1st single ‘Permanent Midnight’ & the rambunctious 2nd single ‘Woah’, ‘Caustic Soda’ exists somewhere in between the two, employing a classic Hip Hop tempo with the sounds and feel of a more contemporary production. Much like the corrosive liquid the song is named after, ‘Caustic Soda’ is as abrasive as they come, whether it be the industrial sounding synths or Dirty Dike’s infectious devil-may-care signature style, the song’s impact is undeniable, foreshadowing the imminent thump of the eagerly awaited ‘Acrylic Snail’ album.
The edgy and alarming vibes of ‘Caustic Soda’ are perfectly captured in the music video which makes great use of mind bending optical illusions creating the perfect visual counterpart for such an unsettling, yet captivating, track. Directed by This & That Media, the video can be viewed in all its glory over on HighFocusTV.
Having risen to prominence in 2008 with his acclaimed debut solo album ‘Bogies and Alcohol’, his focus on sincere, unapologetic Hip-Hop has remained undeterred. Embodying the freezing cold concrete pours, twilight toe slaps and irregularly shaped ballast banks of the network, ‘Acrylic Snail’ pays homage to the things Dike saw in the very farthest reaches of night that made him who he is today.
With the album featuring a heavy and highly impressive feature list that further solidify the status and respect he holds in the Hip Hop scene as both an artist and producer (credits include Rag ’n’ Bone Man (‘Put That Soul On Me’), Ocean Wisdom (‘Chaos 93’) and Lee Scott (‘Butter Fly’), names such as Rag’n’Bone Man, Jam Baxter, Dabbla, Leaf Dog, Eva Lazarus, Jman, Ronnie Bosh, Inja, Killa P, Foreign Beggars and of course ‘Woah’s’ Lee Scott are all included on the tracklist for Acrylic Snail and see Dirty Dike making an exceptional transition in to new territories. The 14-track album; his most personal release to date and a body of work that shines a full-beam-floodlight on his formative years, but moreover, the dreamlike transition between then and now.