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Di$mal – Feelings Away: Magnetically Melancholic Alt-Rock Hip Hop

Limp Bizkit may have done terrible things for the reputation of Alt-Rock Hip Hop, but with artists such as Di$mal laying down magnetically melancholic tracks such as his latest single “Feelings Away”, the genre may just stand a chance.

With contemporary Trap vocals versing striking honesty which resonates as urban poetry and a strong sense of melody around the soft yet snaring kicks of the 808s, Feelings Away is pretty much as evocative as Hip Hop gets.

While there may be plenty of Trap artists pouring their hearts out in sad Rap tracks, Di$mal has been cautious enough to ensure that Feelings Away is an incredibly easy track to slip into by utilising intricate rhythms, and tangibly smooth production.

You can check out Di$mal’s latest single Feelings Away for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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USNA proves that they may just be the prodigal son of Alt Hip Hop Pop with single “Sofa Chillin’”

Making sure that this Summer’s serving of Pop hits doesn’t solely involve tracks which have stagnated in style is Irish Alt Hip Hop Pop artist USNA with their first full-length release “Hot Summer”.

Even though each of the 12 tracks on the release will treat you to a vibrant immersive aural experience, “Sofa Chillin’” acts as the perfect introduction to their melodically experimental style which offers an authentically unique brand of catharsis. If the evolution of pop lies in USNA’s hands, the future of the genre is set to be ambient, groove-deep, and impossibly infectious.

You can check out USNA’s latest single Sofa Chillin’ along with the rest of their debut album Hot Summer for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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J Whit – Sound Pollution: Ingeniously Antagonistic Alt Hip Hop

There will always space for more antagonistically endearing Alt Hip Hop tracks on the airwaves, which is why we’re all too happy to place up and coming artist J Whit on our radar.

“Sound Pollution” is just one of their recently released singles which throw away the genre constraints of Hip Hop and incorporate some well and truly caustic electric guitar licks which chug in time with the Hip Hop rhythms. You can also expect to hear carnivalesque aural alchemy and even segments in the track where it all gets a bit Country.

But in reality, J Whit’s commendably experimental sound is one that could never be defined in words, which is often the case when we get the pleasure of introducing you to truly pioneering artists – especially the ones who are incredibly playful with their sound. The level of ingenuity is on par with what you could expect from Mr Bungle or any of Mike Patton’s other genre-mashing projects.

You can check out J Whit’s single Sound Pollution for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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PYRØ (ØØØØ) – Drift: Alt Hip Hop Transcends Into Outer Space

Anyone who appreciates pragmatic ingenuity weaved into a spacey Rap mix with dizzyingly relentless Rap bars are sure to be instantly enamoured by PYRØ (ØØØØ)’s latest hit “Drift”.

Yet, amongst those Rap bars are the offering of Alt Rock vocals which are met with the deep reverberant crunches of guitar around the otherwise spacey multi-layered mix. If that wasn’t enough, you’ll also be treated to spacey scientific narratives which strengthens the alchemy of the single.

The London-based genre-mashing artist has officially left an impression on us with her emotively compelling mixes which offer equal parts catharsis and escapism. The individualistic flare behind PYRØ (ØØØØ)’s style allows Drift to resonate like no other track I’ve heard this year. There’s an undeniable amount of magnetism behind Drift which makes it a single you won’t be quick to forget.

You can check out PYRØ (ØØØØ)’s latest single Drift for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Keep up to date with her latest releases and tour info via Facebook – I have a feeling that you won’t want to miss out on a live performance from this incredibly prodigal artist.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rocboi Hood Metal R&B – Squad: Ominously Immersive Alt Hip Hop

While a lot of artists can keep you guessing as to what they are all about with their artist titles, Rocboi Hood Metal R&B sums it up perfectly. And their latest single “Squad” affirms that they are exactly what they say on the tin.

The mesmeric glitchy track starts off with a tentative downtempo to lay down the ominous tonality in the track, and even though the Alt R&B track is pretty much as dark as it gets, there are still plenty of light notes in there to make Squad a perfectly textured track. Rocboi Hood Metal R&B really did create a testament to his stylistic talent with Squad however there could have been a little more variance to really hype up the energy.

You can check out Rocboi Hood Metal R&B’s latest track for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud from March 31st. In the mean time you can check out some of their earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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