Could there be a more nihilistic and menacing statement in a song this year than the main vocal refrain in the title track of DJ Rashad's latest EP? "I don't give a fuck about myself / remember that motherfucker," sneers the sample over a throbbing bass loop and a complex drum machine beat that flits between time signatures. It's a confrontational opening, but does an effective job of setting the listener up for what awaits. This EP is unapologetic throughout and demands your attention in the way sounds and beats are constructed and manipulated by Rashad.

Take the third track 'Everybody' for example. You'll almost instantly recognise the vocal sample - and if you don't, well you probably don't spend as much time on YouTube as everyone else, so I recommend searching for 'Ultimate Cry' before proceeding any further. As a sample it's been somewhat ubiquitous over the last few years, but what Rashad manages (in this collaboration with Freshmoon) is to surpass all the parodies you've heard.

The sample is chopped into two parts, a vocal refrain of "I still love you" and that infamous cry. The cry is manipulated and modulated in such a way that it becomes almost instrument-like. Of course, deep down in your heart you know it's the most ridiculous cry you've ever heard, and somehow, over the beat and the 90s synthesiser lead towards the end, it makes the track even more ridiculous than you thought possible. Don't get me wrong - that's not an insult. I firmly believe this track is supposed to be over the top and tongue-in-cheek. The sample might be a little dated, but with so many videos springing up online doing similar, though less effective, things it is (to borrow a despicable phrase from marketing that is currently making me want to vomit) on trend. It's not the best dance track you'll hear all year, but it is certainly one of the most enjoyable.

However, this EP may just contain one of the greatest tracks of this year. 'Way I Feel', the last of the four tracks, deserves to be a dancefloor staple. There is a heavy garage and 2-step influence on the track but again the song hangs upon the vocal sample. Aside from the start and end of the track the only vocals use the repeated line "I cannot hide the way I feel" which Rashad then chops and screws throughout the track in relation to a rhythmic backing that grows more complex as the song progresses. Like the other three songs the instrumentation largely takes a backseat, and is mainly comprised of lo-fi drum beats that make good use of the high and low end of the mix.

If there is a criticism to be made it's the fact that the EP doesn't flow particularly well from track to track. Each song sounds like an individual piece. They may, in terms of song construction, have similarities, but the switch from 'I Don't Give A Fuck's menacing, trap-esque opening to the sunny house vibes of 'Brighter Dayz' and its high pitched sample of Dajaé's vocal from Cajmere's 'Brighter Days' can be a little jarring to the first time listener. The tracks themselves also feel a little restless in places, with them often going through several phases within their three or four minute running time. It means that almost as soon as you've found yourself getting into a track, Rashad changes things up. It never really disrupts the flow of the track, but I imagine the point is to create short passages that firstly show off Rashad's technical ability, whilst also giving DJs in clubs plenty of passages to loop and play with to their heart's content. If anything, it only serves to reinforce the EP's malleability.