By Joe Read
Lion Tape Vol. 2!!! Out June 1st!
After a year of solid grafting and meticulous fusion, One Lion are proud to present the Lion Tape Vol 2. Set to drop on June 1st, the second edition unveils an 18-track helter skelter, swirling through a warped exhibition of the finest rap talent across the country, ranging from Paisly to Penzance. The One Lion crew bring a product collated from residue-plastered palettes of ink speckled notepads behind the rawest penmanship you’ll find in the UK’s rap underground. An intriguing venture across linguistic and musical grounds, traversed by dying lamplight under a clouded and experimental groove.
Lay back and prepare to creep across rooftops of oriental backdrops with Dr. VooDoo and Witness MC before exploring the bubbling wasteland of Dearskin’s psychoactive mind. Coming straight from the scribbled pages and MPCs of smokey bedrooms to your very own hard-knock sound systems, before enraged neighbours haul bricks through your apartment window and Hip Hop heads gather outside to vibe with and embrace the OLS movement.
Expect an absurd balance of tranquility, tyranny and infectiously smooth production from DJ Hezit, Subindex, Doc Digi, OvaTone, Baron, Oozhe, Samphet and verses from elite linguists JoeBurn, Detax, Messy (RIP), Fire@Will, Chattabox, Ovatone, Mason, Slardy, Dearskin, Shire Roots, Dr.VooDoo, Witness MC, The Prophecy, Moraless, Cletus, Stemik, Verbo, Wtitten, Treece, Gromz, Resample & Delivery Room.
Over the next week we will be leaking one track a day, having glimpsed the Oozhe produced 'Kunt Fu’ by Dr. VooDoo & Witness MC and Chattabox’s ‘I Walk Towards’ to name just a few so far
So be sure to cancel any work shifts, weddings or family funerals for the official launch party at Move on June 18th featuring none other than legendary Bristol barbarians SPLIT PROPHETS!
Check back on the official One Lion Sound Facebook page each day for a taste of the beastly release soon to come.
By Joe Read
With a relentless flourish of solid efforts from it’s ever-expanding crew this year, OneLion Sound presents Witness MC and Slardy as Defekted Sektion. With their debut EP that’ll pull your head from the clouds, bound, gag and drag you to the reality of UK Hip Hop culture— where scrawled lyrics climb alleyway bricks like ivory and two MCs wait in the shadows with lyrical iron pendulums, prepped to bludgeon all that dare wonder
with a swift and vicious swing.
The Life’s Too Short EP is spearheaded by the head-bopping, full-frontal assault single Hipsters— a hilariously accurate curb-stomping of one style by another, threading undertones of vibrant flippancy with eccentric defiance.
“Love the industry, but won’t support the underground, like a city worker jumping ticket
Producer Hozay infuses a jazz and soul influenced production style— not dissimilar to Detroit veteran Apollo Brown— with progressive strings and horns upon traditional boom-bap drum rhythms. The chemistry serves as a plateau matched valiantly, notable most as we’re eased into the title track for a reflective dabble in the murky roach-infested waters of inner thought and gradual elevation. Perhaps at their best when fire fuels the words laid, Witness and Slardy lash out with a lick of anguish on Don’t Leave across blissful interjections of a heart-aching sample.
Hipsters - Prod Hozay.
Every Up Has A Down addresses the harrowing realisations that few roughhouse weekenders can bravely bear to confront. Drugs don’t last forever, and yeah, it gets rough— detailed through sandwiched multi-syllabic rhyme patterns punching home a poignant point of view towards life’s daunting inevitabilities. The pair prove their ability to display a range of flow styles and vocal approaches to back the tenacity of the subjects behind each of the five songs. As they find comfort and settle confidently into their personal playgrounds of intonation, we’ll see developments in delivery and refined pronunciation across the flurries of packed flow schemes.
As far as putting rhymes together in listenable and harmonious patterns to put it as frankly as possible these two have it down to a science. Thematically focused, colourful and soulfully blended. As a debut, Life’s Too Short holds exciting promise, and, with a little aforementioned vocal harnessing, could serve as the warning leaflets dropped on Japan before an atomic delivery of a full-length LP.
by Joe Read
The evening saw a heavy live-set introduction to Exeter duo Sour Grapez to celebrate the debut EP release of our own lyrical introspective Moraless. Alongside a raggedy sunhatsporting Captain Cletus, the pair wove vocal flows over gritty boom-bap instrumentals, keeping hands high every moment they had the spotlight. The EPs closing collaboration track Fog Horn took listeners into a whirlwind of internals whilst exploring provocative depths on the hazy and hard-hitting Hezit-produced cut, reminiscent of a ’95 era Lord
After a night of rap mischief and mic battery from the OLS squad, Dirty Dike took to the plastic-cup and baggy littered swamp for the climax of the event. As every bit as filthy and wildly enthused as you would expect, the Dikesta popped off his catalogue to a raucous crowd, applauding parental disdain and ultimate mayhem every minute of the way. Hi I’m James, Typical Daze, Ten Dike Commandments and Return of the Twat amongst others pounded through the venue with an intoxicating and gripping energy. Before closing with the riotous Pork Pie, Dike had settled the crowd a number of times and wiped his face from sailing cups of Red Stripe doubly so.
One Lion Sound is excited to be presenting acclaimed crew Split Prophets @ Move next
month. Join the community and stay up to date with One Lion and the swiftly upcoming
artist releases on the official Facebook and webpage. Stay tuned.
Production from: DJ Hezit, Subindex, Doc Digi, OvaTone, Baron, Oozhe, Samphet & More.
Over the next week we will be leaking 1 track a day from the album that's set to drop on the 1st of June!
First up with have a next level track from Dr. VooDoo & Witness MC entitled 'Kunt Fu' with man like Oozhe on Prodction!
The official launch party will be at Move on the 18th of June featuring SPLIT PROPHETS!