It’s been far too long since we last heard from the original masked rhymer, CASISDEAD.
“Pat Earrings” dropped all the way back in 2018, which feels like a thousand years ago, but now the North London rapper is back with a new single, “Park Assist”, and with it a surprising guest feature: La Roux.
Cruising on top of ‘80s futurist synths with the kind of razor-tongued dirt no one has matched before or since, CAS introduces us to his fictional DeadCorp and the future of his dystopian organisation. As he casts his eye towards an even bleaker future, he foregoes traditional song structure, opting instead for just a minute of bars followed by a minute of La Roux’s ghostly vocals, book-ended by glossy, hypnotising synths.
The new track arrives with an equally futuristic and beautifully-crafted visual that feels more like an episode of Black Mirror than a music video. Deadpool actor Ed Skrein handles director duties here, following CAS as he seemingly upgrades himself as part of an experiment before making his first steps into a bold new world... whatever that entails.
Between the high concept visuals, the merch line, the recent live show, and the sheer amount of time he’s been away, it feels as if CASISDEAD has been cooking up more than just a one-and-done video. We’re just speculating here, but we wouldn’t be surprised if he’s got something else up his sleeve.
Take in the visuals for “Park Assist” up top, and be sure to add the song to your playlists.