2017 continues to be a dope year for Hip Hop!
Another brand new release from Leaf Dog's upcoming EP Tomorrow's Yesterday! Following two other recent releases that do not pull punches, this track joins the steady drip-feed to get us hyped for yet another basket of Balrog Bangers, making two for this year!
2017 continues to be a dope year for Hip Hop!
Drift away into the cosmos with Detax and Loop Faction AKA The Outerclass, to ponder the weirdness of the world we find ourselves stranded on, attempt to come to terms with the frequently bewildering happenings of our daily lives, and take a moment to find amusement in the bemusement, in his new video; Alien.
Wandering around a picturesque moorland, Detax alienates himself from that which already feels alien, and rants with his signature engaging 'repeater-bars' and multi-rhymes, on the ever-frustrating inability to feel like one belongs in the place they've come from. The video plays on the topic with a light-hearted, 'budget Sci-Fi' appearance, satirising conventions both old and new, and reinforcing the message that 'normal' is overrated. The beat rings with an ambient melody, two-note bass, and a consistent drum loop, that perfectly envelops the feeling of searching and searching for sense, where an answer is yet to come.
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Follow Obadiah and Chillman on a trip to the past as they reminisce on those strange days between childhood and adulthood, sharing memories over a chilled beat in a way that will have your brain throwing up images you had completely forgotten about!
Production quality on this video is the best it can get; editing, composition, choice of scenery and the way it's all strung together is on point! Taking a selection of everyday places and shooting them in such a way to make you stop and think about the many different reasons you've passed through the grounds that you still pass through today. The beat is an engaging yet relaxing display of soft synths, light claps, and simple subs, to induce that feeling of reclining as you spark one up and take a moment to reflect. Such a feeling is solidified by the lyrics of Obadiah and Chillman as they bring up anecdotes you're bound to relate to, and deliver them in such a way to have you looking back on your own past.
The work week's over, you've done your chores, and it's time to get excited and hyped for the days off where you focus on that which feels good to you! Verb T and Pitch 92 join forces to create the sounds you need to prime your mind for bursting from that daily monotony in their new album; Good Evening.
From the fast paced bangers to the steady-paced cruisers to the slow 'watch-of-a-hypnotist' waves, every song is overflowing with energy. The beginning of each track is the definition of engaging, with the intros having the scene set and 100 percent of your attention by the fifth bar. While half your body bobs unintentionally to Verb T's clockwork flow, your mind is awoken yet soothed by the funky, jazzy beats of Pitch 92.
The message and feel goes to a different place with each track. Focussing on one core topic and poetically orbiting it like the ideas of a spider-diagram, Good Evening is an exploration of moods and mind-states, that is careful not to go into too much detail about how one gets there, so anyone can relate to the variety of feelings delivered. From 'Possession' to 'That Sound' the variety of topics is riddled with core principles we can all grasp. As if to remove significance from the circumstances of one's past, every topic is very much in the now, and encourages you to appreciate what's good, endure what's hard, and keep yourself orientated towards what's coming. This is of course very much summarised in 'Many Miles' towards the end of the album, where we take a moment to look back and admire where we've travelled. Followed appropriately by 'Good Evening' where we take a moment to sit back and enjoy a well-earned wind-down.
Pitch 92's production is clean cut and structured to a mechanical standard. Each element stands on their own, harmonising with each other without blurring into one another's space. Unlike the more dusty and chaotic collections of jazz samples frosted with vinyl crackle that we're used to in hip hop, Pitch has stems sounding freshly cut and purpose packaged for the beat it goes in. Creating something rather new in this scene by going for a more clean aesthetic. Who said the underground room can't have some cladding? The instrumentals invoke a feeling of being awake and attentive to the message of Verb T and those featuring, with a steady, forward moving pace in the flow, adapting a variety of themes.
Good Evening is a versatile collection - enjoy it all as one, or pick and mix with the various tracks that each stand well on their own. There are few moments in daily life that one of these tunes won't fit - an ideal balance between abstract and precise, they stay open to interpretation without being to hazy about their core message. So whether you need some atmosphere add to your after work chill, or a auditory wake-up buzz on your drive into work on a freezing Monday morning, this album has everything you need to get your mind tuned to any state of choice. Fetch a copy of this disc of innovation on the 17th of October 2017 from High Focus Records!
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- Fire@Will - OneLion Sound
Four crazy aliens from cornwall land the ship once again to bring you a torrent of infectious flows and brow-bouncing funk.
The quality of an LP compressed into seven tracks is heard throughout as each MC gives you no time for your attention to shift, while the clean-cut beats and airy melodies invade your mind. Each voice and style is as distinct as the next, collectively bringing a rhetoric that makes it clear these guys aren't messing about! Conveniently compact, this twenty minute release is available for free on bandcamp, so what are you waiting for?!
Moraless returns with a new collection of hazy visions and intoxicating waves in his second E.P; Less Is More. Guaranteed to teleport listeners to the mindstate of stumbling home in the sunrise, or slumped on a bean bag trying to figure out what you're looking at.
Moraless takes you on a tour through his nightly routines, images of a busy world bustling around you become hazy and distant as the frame of reference sits embedded in a mind that's focussed on a hundred things, both present and absent, all at once. The bars come with a continuous flowing base, throwing up intricate patterns to give definition to the otherwise smoky waves. Capturing the state of mind trying to figure it all out, Moraless demonstrates how one can have everything thrown together in a single hastily-assembled mix, and still progress. Deep in the madness lies a method, and whether or not anyone can name it, it is there, and it is effective! Reminding you of every time you've ever been lost, overwhelmed, or stuck on where to go next, you have eventually made it here to laugh about it... And there are many more moments like that to come.
Hezit brings a bassy, wobbly, ambient collection of beats that immediately give the listener a 'fly-on-the-wall' effect of the house-party aftermaths, and smoke-filled rooms of one's battle against writer's block. The choice of samples is unique and each one's seamlessly sewn into the track. All tracks carry a clean-cut beat, with an ambient backdrop of distant melodies and high-end elements. I am not sure if I have been using the word 'unique' too much recently, but Hezit's work is definitely it!
Less Is More is a perfect for any situation where you may find yourself needing to focus. Be it on getting home, or finally getting something out of your head and onto the page, this EP is one to drive you through it, and accompany you as you collapse in the corner and light up whatever you may choose to celebrate getting through it with!
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- Will 'Fire@Will' Malpass - OneLionSound
Ramson Badbones turns your brain inside out and envelops you in a collection of twisted images and third-eye-strobing sounds in his latest release; Hypnodic.
Taking you through all the rotten back-stage scenes of the UK's less than presentable places of living, Ramson Badbones delivers his message through bars overflowing with rhymes, structured over a complex frame of loud, spaced out, striking words, and intricate chopped up sentences that will get a crowd bouncing by the second kick! Ramson Badbonez pulls in a stash of experiences and elements to construct a consciousness for the audience to sail through. An intro to set up the general feel has audience members thinking they're prepared when the second track; Hypnodic, serves as the event horizon to draw them into a world that pulls the rug out from under every understanding they have on life.
Every track presents a different set of scenes and experiences and plays as a form of psycho-analysis on all those involved, as individuals and a group. Complicated bars stream through this musical hurricane, packing each track with enough detail to guarantee you won't get everything out of them in one sitting (it's taken at least twenty playthroughs just to write this review). From the most distant external stimulus to the deepest internal reactions to such, this album very much takes listeners on a trip through the mysteries and unpredictability of both the individual, and collective minds of this strange world we all find ourselves in. Songs flow into one another with ambient sounds to serve as break from the heavy beats and vocal activity for your mind to clear and reflect on the past experience, before blasting you from your seat into yet another up-is-down, left-is-right frame of mind!
Production is brought to you by DJ Fingerfood, in a unique string of incredibly heavy drum loops separated by liquid, ambient soundscapes and dreamy melodies that, as previously mentioned, allow the song that just played to clear out and make way for the next tsunami of drums and vocal samples. The mix brings a great juxtaposition that keeps listeners attentive and eager to unravel the mysteries of the world presented to them. Each song serves as a tailored stage for Badbonez's subject matter, and each featuring artist to bring their own spin on astral planing bars, without drifting from the core theme of the album. I doubt DJ Fingerfood ever stopped thinking about the album as a whole as he crafted each instrumental - it is truly unique in the way it is structured to roll the wide variance of lyrical subjects into a single, exhilarating, mind-opening experience.
Unlike the usual collection of tracks on a compact disc, Hypnodic is an album best served whole - the album itself is as much a delicately assembled work of art as the individual tracks that form it. And, on a whole, it delivers an experience set aside from all others in UK Hip Hop today. Whatever niche you may belong to in this underground scene, Hypnodic is bound to have something you will take away from it personally.
Join the UK on it's collective trip by grabbing a copy of Ramson Badbonez' Hypnodic on the 16th of June 2017 from High Focus Records!
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- Fire@Will - OneLionSound
Edinburgh's Crimzon Ink shows he means business and comes through with his 2nd visual installment from his album '5150 Gallow Hill' entitled Wyleout. Banger!
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Leaf Dog returns with another album bringing words of wisdom over raw underground sounds from the South West, in his latest album; Dyslexic Disciple! The songs take you through the highs and lows of everyday life in the UK's run down streets. While delivering his bars with power and projection that could be heard from the world's distant corners, Leaf Dog maintains an earnest, honest, and real philosophy that we all ought to take heed of. Speaking from experience, he reminds you that regardless of the good or bad around you, maintaining positivity and creativity is on you, and leaves you feeling that you have a duty to make the most of what you have every minute. As one could expect; there's not a single bar lacking wisdom in this album, giving the listener a lot to take away from it with each play through!
The songs together overall carry a feel of overcoming challenges and learning to appreciate life as it comes. Starting with 'The Rain' after the intro, the story begins down in the dumps, followed by the stories of the many things ruined by an oversized ego, and how one struggles to understand that part of the self. From 'Today', to 'All in One' we see Leaf stand up, dust himself off and face the troubles with an intention to rise above them. From there, the Sun starts to rise as the vibe becomes one of celebration and appreciation. Your head will be bobbing from the start, but this is the point where you really start to move whether you intend it or not! Finishing with 'The Legacy' - a huge posse cut of all the UK's heavyweights, it all comes together as a power-potion to quench any remaining thirst for that real Hip Hop, leaving you ready to take this experience and use it to drive you on to master your ambitions... Or just play the album again, no one would blame you! Production is the classic RLD collection of old-school samples of strings, brass, and choirs, rolled into a very organic feeling track set. The drums and rythms vary between stomping, rolling, and light depending on the feel of the tune they're on. All the sounds, mixed with the lyrics, come together beautifully, and they all maintain a similar style with Leaf Dog producing most, Illinformed on three, and one more each from Naive and Joe Corfield - having so many involved in production makes it all the more impressive that the whole album compliments itself.
Despite the similarities between them, every song is incredibly unique - among its neighbours on the album AND the rest in the UK underground! There is something to appreciate and relate to in every bar. Not more than a few seconds passes at the begining of a song and you are already teleported to the scene it's set in. Be it the feeling of waiting for an eternal rain to finally finish and let the clouds part, the frustration of over-inflated egos damaging an otherwise ideal scenario, or the un-scathed ideal scenario found in 'Good times', it's never a struggle to feel the tune's message and story with a depth that'll have you carrying the vibes of this album through your day to day life, fuelling you to approach it with a focus and drive showcased in this cache of creative thoughts over beats. Cop yourself a copy of this ground-breaking banger of an album from a Legend of UK Hip Hop on the 14th of April 2017 from High Focus Records!
- Fire@Will - OneLion Sound