Emerging Hip Hop duo Scintilla hail from South England, with a sound that tips a hat to the likes of production wizard Mike Dean (Travis Scott) while illuminating and acknowledging their plethora of inspirations and attitudes from the 21st century.
Up until recently, they took their talents to create beats as jesting gifts for their mates. After seeing their potential, they mutually decided that Scintilla would take the name for the pair's future work.
Fresh off of the release of the single and music video for "Hillside," Scintilla takes an animated approach to the visual concept as the harmonious utopia of dreamy soundwaves infiltrates the speakers in the sonic offering of this release.
"Hillside" thrives in a buoyant atmosphere that chimes into the blithe liveliness dancing throughout the instrumentation. Still fixating upon the heavy bass elements, the manner in which the musical arrangement delves into numerous emotions stirred is noteworthy. With the reverberated vocalization of Scintilla washing over you in one fell swoop, you're whisked away by the flowing timbres that glisten in an effervescent tone.
The animation embodying the film component allocates hues of mauve and gold as Scintilla cruises the streets in a warm cityscape, vibing to their sound with the top down. Combining the brilliant versatility of emcee-like verses with wistful tenors radiated in the head-bopping chorus, the way that the visual and sonic components pair together is a match made in heaven. You're pulled into the mesmerizing allure that a series of limited scenes with few special effects deliver instead of dragging your attention to the various quick-cut scenes that some choose to opt for.
Scintilla continues to establish their name through a unique sound that allows musical influences to speak into their music while creating a lane that is entirely their own. The approach is taken in "Hillside," which allows the song to brilliantly glow as we get lost in the therapeutic appeal provided listeners.