Reviewed by Louder than War ‘EP Round up – Radio Europa | Fifi Rong | ticktock’
Fifi Rong – Violently Silently EP
CD / DL
9 / 10
Beijing born, London based Fifi Rong has one eye on the commercial and one eye firm in the alternative on the brilliant new five track EP. The artist that has worked with the likes of Boris Blank, Tricky and Roots Manuva has assembled a mini journey through trip-hop related themes tinged with eastern delights.
At times she has more than a passing sound of Martina Topley-Bird on her incredible Quixotic album as Once bounds along with poppy abandon and ‘that’ voice which will no doubt become a main focal point. But, beneath the unique voice are fascinating delights.
The EP is some trip as opener Intro later reveals itself as a ‘premix’ to Once with contains samples of following tracks Slow Poison and Since When. Since When then makes a further appearance in a remixed version entitled Outro.
It’s all super stuff and will have you hooked from the off. Yes, it’s poppy and yes it’s easy to listen to, but it also displays a huge talent and a head full of stunning ideas. It’s one of the most creative song collections of the year and one which certainly makes mouth-watering prospects at the thought of an album.