Valentino Khan’s first original single this year came in the form of “Obsession” back in April, a futuristic house gem alongside rising duo Ship Wrek. An undisputed tastemaker, the “Deep Down Low” creator is known for bringing together varied influences and sounds to create his unique brand of bass music. Now following up on “Obsession,” Valentino Khan has returned with “Blackmail,” taken off his forthcoming EP on Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint.
A menacing instrumental single with an industrial flair, “Blackmail” sees Valentino Khan return to his roots, pulling inspiration from his formative years of listening to French electro. A gritty bassline is layered over hard-hitting, four-on-the-floor drums to form the bulk of the tune, a combination that makes up for an aggressive drop, perfectly contrasted with unforgettable analog synth arpeggios towards the break.