21- year old artist, producer and songwriter KTOE releases his EP, I’M MAD, with a short and sweet 6 tracks. The EP provides a sampling of KTOE’s talent, eaten up by artists such as Big Sean, Bhad Bhabie, and Wondagurl. His production is notably featured on Jazz Cartier’s album Fleurever, on Top 40’s Right Now, with a hook marking his career. ‘I’m Mad’ alludes to a variety of distinct influences such as Earl Sweatshirt’s spacey beats. In 11 minutes, KTOE takes us through it all.
The EP begins with Mercedez and a memorable hook and echoing sounds. He utilizes an array of sounds and pairs them with some prideful lyricism. This song contrasts the rest, like an experiment. Feel Like It takes us into the meat of the EP. KTOE’s voice takes center stage with an ambiance that ASAP Ferg would deliver on your favourite track. It has a bounce to it, with that classic Toronto vibe. This brings us into Goldie Rock, a peak on the album. The raindrop melody with the tickling keys create a hypnotic flow. The transition into Red Ruby’s is seamless, eventually leading into Tap Phones with a gentle take on KTOE’s sound. The EP ends on a melancholic note, with a heartbreak in Yellow Bandana.
With this release, KTOE continues to show off his range with Toronto taste. For this versatile artist with transparent influences, one wonders where his developing sound will take him.