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Iceboypierre – Watch Yo Step: High-Fire Polyphonic Trap

US-based Rap artist Iceboypierre’s latest drop “Watch Yo Step” (Ugly God Remix) is a Polyphonic Trap masterpiece.

With the Old-School analogue-style beats there’s a fair amount of nostalgia weaved into the mix amplifying the accessibility. Yet the retro rhythms are outshined by Iceboypierre’s contemporary approach to Hip Hop which makes Watch Yo Step drip with plenty of distinctive commercial potential.

The intricately experimental robotic beats bring the grind while Iceboypierre brings the attitude, playful wit and charm through their Rap bars. Watch Yo Step is an energetic vibing mix. If you’re always on the lookout for the freshest New Wave Rap, you’re not going to stumble across many other artists who are lucky enough to share the fresh flex of Iceboypierre.

You can check out Watch Yo Step for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Breaking Alt Hip Hop Artist FINLINCE! Has Dropped Their Latest Darkly Wavy EP “Threeway”

After making their debut in 2018, FINLINCE! has become one of the most exciting artists in Hip Hop thanks to their tendency to go with his own flow rather than assimilate urban artists before them.

Their most recent EP “Threeway” dropped in January 2020 and each of the five tracks is as dynamically visceral as the last. By mixing elements of OS Hip Hop with New Wave Trap, Synth Wave, Alt Rock and EDM, FINLINCE! was able to offer some of the most indulgently abrasive Hip Hop we’ve heard in quite some time.

The tracks may be short and snappy, but this only amplifies the raw, convictive unpolished emotion which they contain. If he’s not already on your radar, get them firmly placed right now.

You can check out FINLINCE!’s latest EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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PvssyCat – The Pvssycat Project: Ingeniously Crafted EDM Hip Hop Insanity

If you like to know where tracks are going to take you from the first time of listening, PvssyCat’s debut album “The PvssyCat Project” definitely isn’t for you. Alternatively, if you love nothing more than ingeniously crafted aural insanity, prepare to be blown away.

The majority of music which we hear usually merges at least two genres together. But you’ve never heard experimentalism quite like this before. Context-less vocal samples weave their way into the mix as the futuristic EDM Hip Hop instrumentals carve plenty of their own insanity.

There’s no way of knowing where the mercilessly fast-paced bass-soaked tracks will take you next. But if one thing is strikingly clear, it’s that this up and coming artist is worth having on your radar. Especially if you’re as keen as us to stick your teeth into truly distinctive tracks.

You can check out PvssyCat’s debut album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Boris Massot Ft. EMRO – Disconnected Lines: Unadulterated EDM Hip Hop Catharsis

Alt Electronica Hip Hop artist and producer Boris Massot has followed on from their sensational debut “Running Out of Time” with their equally as resounding second single “Disconnected Lines”. This time, they teamed up with EMRO to create meltingly experimental RnB Trap mix which will undoubtedly amplify the hype surrounding them.

The concordant wavy grooves in Disconnected Lines prove just how disarmingly arrestive Hip Hop can be under the right production. While the constant vocal switch-ups keep the mix fresh from the first verse to the last. If you’re always on the lookout for cathartic Hip Hop which still comes with plenty of bite, you’ll strike gold with Disconnected lines.

You can check out Disconnected Lines for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Miles Casper – Hit the Spot: Entrancingly Fresh RnB Trap Pop

Miles Casper has followed on from the success of their first two singles with the equally as melodically smooth Pop Trap track “Hit the Spot”. You can’t help but feel and move to the rhythmic grind in Hit the Spot. It’s not all too often we can dub Pop Trap entrancing but Hit the Spot does exactly what it says on the tin.

By switching between harmonic Pop vocals and perfectly metered rapid-fire Rap bars, Miles Casper created a dynamic hit which you’re immediately hooked into from the prelude right up to the outro.  There’s also a lot to be said for the seamless fluidity of the lush instrumentals. Not to mention the radio-ready finish which they were able to achieve on the production.

The 19-year-old Melbourne-based artist and producer plans to drop a single each month in 2020. If any Alt Pop is worth having on your radar this year, it is Miles Casper.

You can check out Hit the Spot for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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NYC Alt Electronica Artist Cami-Oh Has Created an Aural Storm with Their Latest Release “OP”

If you’re as sick of the constant stream of laboriously assimilative Electronica music being produced as we are, prepare to be as delighted as we were upon hearing the fiercely artful aural storm which is Cami-Oh’s latest single “OP”.

With elements of Hip Hop and Pop weaved into the authoritatively arrestive single, not only do you get a danceable hit, but you also get to appreciate Cami-Oh’s daring experimentalism which is sure to go down well with any fans of Bjork and PJ Harvey. There’s also a hint of Peaches’ iconic unfuckwithable attitude laced into the mix. Needless to say, the NYC-based artist is now firmly fixed on our radar. We can’t wait to hear how they follow on from OP.

You can check out Cami-Oh’s latest single from January 23rd 2020 by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sikán – Thinkin Bout It featuring Barry Brannum: Sensually Smooth Flowing RnB Hip Hop

Urban elements of the past and the future converge in the recently released sublimely sensual single from up and coming Hip Hop artist Sikán.

It may be a little too early in the year to dub the track the sexiest offering of Hip Hop we’ve heard in 2020. But I can’t imagine many artists having the ability to match the sex appeal which drips from Thinkin Bout It.

The salacious lyrics are one thing, but the sensory melodic guitar rhythms are quite another. As if that wasn’t enough, you get to drink in the chemistry between Sikán and Barry Brannum’s meltingly smooth, yet strikingly dynamic vocals. From teasing Rap verses to indulgently harmonic vocal melodies, you’ll find all that and more in Thinkin About It. At this point, I’m sure you can hazard a guess at what the proverbial ‘it’ refers to in the track title.

You can check out Sikán’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Drink in the Deep Grooves of Hip Hop Artist Spitty The Sequel’s Latest Single “Don’t Sleep”

Spitty the Sequel

US Hip Hop artist Spitty The Sequel dropped their latest single “Don’t Sleep” at the end of 2019. Will you excuse the pun if we tell you not to sleep on it?

For any insomniac contemporary Rap fans out there, you can consider Don’t Sleep a playlist essential. With the high-vibe energy poured into the spacy grinding Trap beats, sleep will be the last thing on your mind as you drink in the deep grooves and Spitty The Sequel’s lyrical wit. Instead, it’s a momentously up-vibe offering of resonance for anyone who feels the weight of the world on their shoulders at night.

Their Rap verses go beyond just keeping to meter and rhyme, you’ll find raw gritty meta poetry in the lyrics to Don’t Sleep. Combined with the sharp instrumental hooks, once you’ve hit play, you’re in it for the sticky-sweet duration.

You can check out Spitty The Sequel’s latest single Don’t Sleep for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Groove Inn – Drive ft. Denver Hall: Futuristically Sticky-Sweet Funk Soul Hip Hop

Up and coming artist Groove Inn teamed up with Denver Hall for their latest soulfully smooth eccentrically endearing EP “Summer Pack”

Each of the four singles offers a different sticky-sweet serving of Funk, Soul, Jazz, RnB, and Pop laced Hip Hop. But the standout track has to be the futuristic work of Funk-soaked Neo-Soul “Drive”.

Without any amount of deliberation, the track kicks in with the groove-deep bends of the bass accompanied by the instantly magnetic Rap verses. You’ll be hooked in the tonally warm hit from there on out.

Playful Hip Hop combined with pure Funk and Soul will always be timelessly uplifting. But the main distinction with Drive is how far they were able to project their sound into the future. It’s all too easy to expect plenty more innovation from Groove Inn in the future. I’d put them on your radar sooner rather than later.

You can check out Groove Inn’s single Drive for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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mike senze – Doughnuts: Tonally Warm, Playfully Sweet Jazz Hip Hop

There was no forgetting up and coming Hip Hop artist mike senze after checking out their tracks Restless, and Mega Blaster earlier this year. They’ve left us endeared for the third time in a row with their final track to drop in 2019 “Doughnuts”.

The melody to this playful Jazz-soaked Hip Hop earworm should come with a warning. As soon as you hear it, there’s no forgetting it. But there is the high chance that your friends will be wondering why you’re mumbling “hitting doughnuts in the streets” repetitively. With the hypnotic propensities of the soft fluid instrumentals and the pure charisma which drips from mike senze’s vocals and lyrics, it may not be your average urban aural hit. But it is an authentic work of ingenuity which more than deserves three minutes of your time.

You can check out Doughnuts for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast