Maxsta blesses these lonely months with a nice record performed and produced by the East London MC. With no releases this year, other than a salutable 'Homebase ad', it’s always sick to get fresh vibes from Maxsta. Especially as, with age, his style and sound evolves, matures and experiments.
'Locked In' holds a dutty tone, projected first by nostalgic, icy strings, though deformed with a unique bass line and eerie bell synth. In between this wickedness, Maxsta layers notable samples and subtle percussion, yet alongside captivating hi-hat patterns and tones. It’s a decent example of how Max is forming his own lane, and pushing the levels to his productions.
“New tag on my trainer / Says, hater get your money up, a man’s major”
The Newham lyricist drops his vocals in an easy, nonchalant demeanour - a mishmash of few worded bars, to accelerating the flow slightly. Jumping between these varied deliveries and spraying some excellent wordplay, Maxsta shows a heightened level of confidence and command, whilst overall holding a key narrative of being locked in and interests from a link.