Tyler, The Creator is back and following in the footsteps of his main inspiration, Pharrell, providing some songs for Illumination’s new adaptation of The Grinch. Having dropped the tracks ‘I Am The Grinch’ and his own, revamped version of the Christmas classic ‘You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch’, which appear in the film, none of the tracks on this short ten-minute EP do. Despite this, they are laced with holiday themed lyrics and tingly, jingle-bell instrumentals. The EP also features a number of appearances from frequent ‘Brockhampton’ collaborator Ryan Beatty, as well as artists Santigold and Jerry Paper.
While only 10 minutes in length, Tyler provides some delightfully groovy songs. The opening track, ‘Whoville’, is a lovely little instrumental opener, paving the way for the sleigh-ride-esque ‘Light’s On’. Santigold provides the majority of the vocals for the track, which are soft and bouncy but with the track being somewhat unusual and different to the others, it is the weakest of EP, in my opinion. ‘Hot Chocolate’ featuring Jerry Paper is the stand-out track from the short project, with Tyler lending his singing voice to the surprisingly summery beat, reminiscent of something from his last project,‘Flower Boy’.
“But with it’s style and all around jovial sound, this EP is one both fans of Tyler, and the film, can enjoy.”
‘Big Bag’ is more similar to the ‘old’ Tyler, the Creator sound that some might be familiar with but it has a different twist to it that’s refreshing and much more family-friendly. Perhaps unsurprisingly, considering this EP is inspired by the family film, Music Inspired by Illumination and Dr Seuss’ The Grinch is far from the deliberately provocative lyrics Tyler was once associated with. But with it’s style and all around jovial sound, this EP is one both fans of Tyler, and the film, can enjoy. Particularly the track ‘When Gloves Come Off’ featuring Ryan Beatty; this sultry smooth song is relaxing, perfect for what feels like a long winter’s drive playlist. It leads into the short closing instrumental ‘Cindy Lou’s Wish’, which while only a minute or so long, closes off the EP well enough.
While this is not the longest or even the most interesting of Tyler the Creator’s recent output, if this EP showcases anything it is that Tyler is becoming a much more diverse artist and that we can expect more projects like this from him in the future. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing…