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.