Gardner Express – [Pressa]

Canadian artist Pressa just dropped a new EP and it’s unequivocally fire. Titled Gardner Express, the record pays homage to the The Gardiner Expressway, which is a major municipal East-West highway in Toronto. Representing his journey to make a name for himself, the project travels via the songs on the EP to the city’s main core. Naturally maturing over time, Pressa details how he eventually built a considerable following outside of Toronto, while collaborating with some of the hottest talents in the United States. Featuring Taliban Glizzy, Jackboy, D-Block Europe, Sleepy Hallow, Sheff G, and Flipp Dinero, Gardner Express employs authentic street references with a touch of drill. Sonically the EP’s production implements addictive 808-dominant melodies that make the record suitable for multiple venues. Be it the whip, the club, the speaker, or casual listening, you simply won’t regret pressing play on this project. Each of them bangers with plenty of replay value, there are seven songs total for a duration of 18 minutes. If I had to pick favorites, it’d be “O.T.M (Out The Mud),” “Head Tap,” “Dracula,” and “Blackberry Zap.” “Out The Mud” is a confident bass-heavy track where Pressa flaunts his newly acquired status, while boasting that his throwaways are better than other rappers biggest hits. Acknowledging the chaotic and lawless nature of the streets, the song title implies that he’s freed himself from past troubles and previously unavoidable struggle. On “Head Tap,” Pressa, Sleepy Hallow, and Sheff G  ‘do the Dougie’ over a piano trap beat while announcing their healthy profits. From a quotable standpoint, I find this song the most caption-worthy, considering Pressa cleverly acknowledges Klay Thompson and Jackie Chan in one line. As for “Dracula,” Pressa and Flipp Dinero absolutely spaz over a rapid drill instrumental. Pressa sets the tone by “hitting the gas every time he puts his foot down,” before delivering a no look pass to Dinero for his verse. Seemingly breathless, Flipp’s rhymes are so quick that you may miss them, as the ridiculously ill beat fades out for the closing track. Last but certainly not least, “Blackberry Zap” is undoubtedly a radio-hit, as Pressa delivers a memorable hook over a certain mainstream appeal record. Accompanied by a Michael Vincent / Connor Films visual, Pressa flexes multiple whips that contrast with the rough environment and upbringing he’s accustomed to.  Overall, Gardner Express is an excellent EP in my opinion, because it has everything to offer stylistically for a short trap project. I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on Pressa’s trajectory from here on, and it wouldn’t surprise me if his next offering contains features from more heavyweight names. Stream the full EP below!