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454, Surf Gang speed off on stunning ‘FAST 5’ EP

454’s interesting, bubbly and inexplicably curious sound have always been something that’s drawn me to his work.

Whether it was his debut mixtape, 4 REAL (2021), being featured on the homepage of Frank Ocean‘s HOMER site or the high-pitched vocal slides and iridescent beats on FAST TRAX 3 (2022), the Orlando alt-rapper has an affinity for mesmerizing listeners on first spin.

Linking up with prolific production collective SURF GANG, who continues its “surf gang summer” through a string of fiery releases, 454’s new EP, FAST 5, is perhaps the most tangible project in his small yet potent catalog. Short and sweet, the 5-track outing sees the Florida phenom skate over shimmering SURF GANG-produced bangers fit for festival performances.

Captained by Evilgiane — the “evil genius” behind “The Hillbillies” with Kendrick Lamar and Baby Keem, Earl Sweatshirt’s “Making The Band (Danity Kane),” Matt Ox’s OXYgen and much more — Eera, Goner and 454 himself, FAST 5speeds off at the start with an instant hit “ANGEL.” “Like a drug, I love the way you make me feel,” 454 drones over airy, hypnotic synths and a plugg bounce that feels otherworldly, but still hard-hitting.

Most of the EP feels like this: Fleeting like a shooting star on a still night. The previously-released “GANGSTER PARTY” and Sickboyrari-assisted “COBRA” are the most experimental and enticing of the pack. However, anthemic hook-clad cuts (and personal favorites) like “NEXTEL” and “BARBIE” keep pace and level the playing field for 454’s commercial pull.

A master of unpredictability, 454 keeps the pedal to the metal on FAST 5 — no furious.

Listen to ‘FAST 5’ below!