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SBE – SBU featuring La Escobar, Blairs, Saiko Simm

Drill meets RnB and Trap in up and coming Hip Hop artist, SBE’s debut self-titled album which dropped in January 2021 and introduced the world to the artist’s experimentally authentic style which defies tradition and embraces individualistic expression.

Each single delivers high-energy and even higher vibes, but the perfect introduction to SBE’s domineeringly electric approach to contemporary Hip Hop is undoubtedly ‘SBU’ which fuses Trap beats with grinding soft rap bars which make it all too easy to get hooked into the track which manages to be adrenalizing without being over facing.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hip hop and blues fusionist Avery Jacob has released his latest cavernous stormer of a single

Vibe alchemist and hip hop/blues fusionist, Avery Jacob has been on our radar ever since the release of their 2019 single, Sprit Cookin’. With his ability to exude the charisma of 1,000 cult leaders, we couldn’t help getting excited about how they’d follow on from the stormer of a soul-filling single.

Now that the world is infinitely more dystopic and depressing than when we were introduced to Avery Jacob, his luminary style is more visceral than ever. Their most recent release, ‘Storm Coming’, lyrically reflects the depressive thoughts which have implanted in our minds over the last 12 months as drum rolls trigger a tribal impulse to get adrenalized instead of apathetic.

The cavernous rolls of thunder which join Avery Jacob’s signature bluesy acoustic bass bends is enough to make Gwen Stefani’s Hollaback Girl sound tame. Hit play, and you’ll find out how Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction felt during the adrenaline-shot-to-the-heart scene.

Storm Coming is available to stream via Spotify.

Head over to their official website for more info and ways to listen.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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SadHappyRabbit – That’s Alright featuring Lil Ringey

Before we escaped 2020, SadHappyRabbit released their pessimistically-titled debut album ‘We’re Fucked’, which may flirt with nihilism, but the essence of the Portland-hailing artist’s sound unequivocally lies in their refreshing candid vulnerability.

The standout track, ‘That’s Alright’, which was created in collaboration with Lil Ringey is the perfect introduction to SadHappyRabbit’s unique marrying of Indie Hip Hop and Emo Rap. Anyone who has a proclivity for morosity – especially in the presence of romantic disparity will find plenty of resonance in the single.

Yes, the lyrics are dark, but darkness and romanticism have come hand in hand ever since Shakespeare started doing his thing, and this barbed depiction of painful romantic duality is just as efficacious at evoking strong emotion as Hamlet.

There’s no room to wonder why SadHappyRabbit has been able to amass so much hype since making their debut in 2020. Their fearlessness when it comes to lyrical honesty is practically unparalleled.

You can check out That’s Alright for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Breakfast time gets Dangerous(X) with Honey Nut Cheerios

Lighthearted, sample-filled, with a non-stop flow that’s in your face from start to finish, ‘Honey Nut Cheerios’ is 1’18” of ‘statement of intent’ hip hop from DangerousX, all rapid-fire hi hat triplets and thunderous bass kick behind DangerousX’s aural assault.

Sure, there’s an Eminem/Shady vibe going on, the lyrical content turning slights into ‘rap-fuel’ in the way Marshall Mathers does so well, spitting out put-downs over the heavyweight backing. Sadly, it’s over too quickly, but ‘Honey Nut Cheerios’ shows some real promise here; keep an eye out for DangerousX – who knows where he’ll end up.

Listen to ‘Honey Nut Cheerios’ on Soundcloud; check out DangerousX on Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Datsnell inspires optimism with their dark Alt Rock track ‘Imperfections’

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When you look at the real impact which 2020 has had on music, you’ll have to look far past the absence of live music and look to how artists, such as Datsnell, have stripped back facades to deliver raw and honest intimate emotion, understanding that connection, unity and strength found through music can never be overvalued.

His latest Alt-Rock single, Imperfections, reminds the listener that our obsession with perfection is imperfect within itself and that a few cracks in the surface don’t have to make you feel worthless.

With his inventive sampling of Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator speech falling around Datsnell’s haunted reverberant spoken word bars and piercingly light keys kicking up stunning interludes, the stunning track gently nudges towards optimism while validating the fear, uncertainty and nihilism which we’ve found throughout 2020. Even if you can’t find optimism straight away, you’re sure to find some solace within this deeply compassionate feat of Alt-Rock which melds elements from Hip Hop, Trap, Rock and Electronica.

You can check out Datsnell’s single Imperfections for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Absideon revives nu metal with their new wave sound in ‘Ephemeral’

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Kicking off with a delicately picked, reverb-soaked clean guitar part before launching into the full-on aural assault of distorted guitars, heavy drums, and thundering bass alongside twin, intertwined vocals, ‘Ephemeral’ from Texarkana duo Brett and Casey – a.k.a. Absideon – is a riotous storm of melodic metal which screams from the speakers and launches itself, bodily, at your earlobes.

There’s obvious comparisons with Linkin Park, System Of A Down, or Seether, but the melodic rock and clever timing shifts set ‘Ephemeral’ apart from the welter of generic sound-alike Nu-Metal wannabes; there’s some serious musicianship on show here, for sure, but the duo also clearly have talent in abundance around both vocal and production duties. ‘Ephemeral’ is the opening track from Absideon’s new-this-week six track EP ‘Reflections’, and on the basis of this it promises to be an absolute firestorm of a record.

Check out Absideon on Spotify and Facebook now.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Māori Alt Hip-Hop artist FABLE serves evocative urban alchemy in their latest single ‘298’

After the release of their 2019 debut single, ‘Beware’, Alt Māori Hip-Hop artist, FABLE, has amassed acclaim amongst critics and fans alike, with their uniquely intimate approach to producing contemporary Hip Hop, all pretence is lost, and nothing but delicate affable soul is delivered.

Their latest release ‘298’ perfectly demonstrates that experimentation and authenticity don’t need to detract from commercial potential, with enough talent and vision, obscurity can be avoided, and new avenues for passion-driven expression can be found.

The New Zealand-hailing artist has topped charts and made plenty of waves in their local circuit but it’s only a matter of time before he starts to be internationally recognised as the pioneer of urban evocative alchemy that he discernibly is.

You can check out 298 along with FABLE’s earlier releases by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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TJA is set to drop their EDM Hip Hop Juggernaut of a single ‘Woah’ featuring Jay Willy

TJA

Flint, US-residing artist TJA took the influence of LMFAO, Lil John and Skrillex and ran with it with their Hip Hop juggernaut of a track ‘Woah’ featuring Jay Willy.

It’s hard to tell which is dirtier, the dubbed drops or the Rap verses which stand as a testament to TJA’s ability to wax lyrical. Not only is TJA’s versing relentless, but every syllable is also delivered dripping with their endearingly confrontational charisma.

TJA’s former releases amassed plenty of acclaim but Woah is fresh enough to see the luminary artist deservingly go viral. It’s so much more than a technically impressive release, as soon as you hit play, the infectious energy is instilled. TJA may just be the finest purveyor of high vibe hostile Hip Hop the airwaves have seen in recent years.

Woah is due to drop officially on January 19th, 2021. Until then, you can check out TJA’s former releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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3ripleD has dropped their blazing blasé single ‘I Don’t Mind’

Rolling, thumping, and with some sublime flow, comes Dallas-based 3ripleD’s new single ‘I Don’t Mind’. Leading into his new album ‘Practice Makes Perfect’, ‘I Don’t Mind’ is fast, cracking hip hop, all metaphor and lyrical poetry, delivered in a sing-song vocal overdramatic chiming synth, bass, and beats.

It’s an excellent sampler for 3ripleD’s work, reminiscent of artists like Lil’ Wayne, Biggie Smalls, 2 Chains, or Young Money. 3ripleD is clearly a talented artist with plenty to say, his rhythmic and elegiac delivery matched by the composition of the track behind. Look out for the full ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ album, and check out ‘I Don’t Mind’ right now.

Hear ‘I Don’t Mind’ on Spotify; check out 3ripleD on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Joesix’s ‘Beauty Queen’ – funky uplifting soulful Hip Hop at its best

At 31, UK-based artist Joesix is already a pretty established name on the North East hip hop scene; now back with his latest single ‘Beauty Queen’, Joe’s mixing up old-school soul, Motown, and funk with R&B and Hip Hop to produce a single that crosses artificial boundaries and give us something with true dance credentials.

Upbeat, funky, soulful, and exciting, ‘Beauty Queen’ blends Nile Rodgers-style funk guitar with Motown Hammond organ parts and a proper, early hip hop scene rapped vocal that’s reminiscent of Melle Mel, Grandmaster Flash, and the Furious Five. That said, it’s a fiendishly modern track, all the while nodding back to its roots in 80’s breakdance and Hip Hop; handclaps, gated kick drum and snare, and genuine flow. You can easily imagine ‘Beauty Queen’ on prime time Eighties Top Of The Pops just as smoothly as you can at Jazz Café or Concrete; it’s groovy, it’s timeless, it’s got style and class, and it’s insanely danceable.

Check out ‘Beauty Queen’ on Spotify, and follow Joesix on Facebook or Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes