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Mazzarati – RIDE: Experimentally Fresh Downtempo Hip Hop

US-based Hip Hop artist Mazzarati has recently released their latest single “RIDE” and it had us hooked from the first verse.

There’s really no understating the up and coming Rap artist’s ability to draw you into a deep and poignant narrative. Not every artist is a natural storyteller, but Mazzarati’s steady and even Rap flow provides an ample amount of escapism by pulling you away from your own introspective into their own.

The downtempo mix offered plenty of ambience while keeping the beats intricate, vibrant and fresh. There’s even the addition of Surf Rock style guitars on the outro which guarantee that no much Hip Hop you’ve ingested over the past few years, you won’t have heard anything quite like this before.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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B Walls Releases Their Latest Contemporary Trap Hit “Where I’m From”

New Wave Trap fans may want to prick up their ears for the latest release from up and coming Rap artist B Walls. Their latest single “Where I’m From” dropped in 2019 and provides a dark and commanding mix to vibe to.

B Walls was bold enough to lay down emotively candid lyrics which give a stark view into their experiences as an up and coming artist. But ultimately, the lyrics are a reminder that life is a journey and no one was born at the finish line.

The tone and style of the track is one which you will have heard countless times before. So, upon first hitting play it’s hard to hook into the rhythm or let the lyrics resonate without the elephant in the room which is the assimilative style. There’s no disputing that B Walls has the contemporary Rap style and talent to boot, but I’d really like to hear some true individualistic expression behind their tracks in the future.

You can check out B Walls’ single Where I’m From for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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DS Westwood – Good Vibes Only: Infectiously Fresh High-Vibe Hip Hop

Up and coming Canadian Hip Hop artist DS Westwood made their debut on October 29th with their infectiously high-vibe single “Good Vibes Only” which features vocalist NK. Expect soul, sunny R&B Pop melodies, and plenty of lyrical ingenuity from the soundscape.

‘Good vibes only’ may be a prolifically used phrase and track title in 2019, but DS Westwood still manages to squeeze something fresh from the sentiment with the naturally euphoric track.

Instead of being force-fed aural happiness, the rhythm behind Good Vibes Only gently pulls you into the sticky-sweet tonality of the track right from the prelude to the outro, and you may just find that through the chorus you’ll feel a brand-new perennial earworm crawling in.

DS Westwood possesses that rare lyrical magnetic appeal which makes it impossible to tear away from the verses. Debut’s don’t come much more promising than this. It’s going to be exciting to see how DS Westwood follows on from Good Vibes Only.

You can check out DS Westwood’s single Good Vibes Only by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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London Hip Hop Artist yung jibz Drops Their Latest Single “Fresh Ways”

“Fresh Ways” is the fourth single to be released by up and coming North West London Hip Hop artist yung jibz. If you like plenty of Grime thrown into your urban grind, yung jibz should already be on your radar.

Amongst the Grime, you’ll also find elements of Trap which have been constructed through intricate layers vibrantly exotic rhythms. Through the Rap bars, there’s equal amounts of attitude and charm, and by finding that delicate balance, yung jibz may have just found the secret to creating an unforgettable earworm.

It’s not all too often I get the pleasure of describing Hip Hop as transfixing, but with the distinctive flow of Fresh Ways, I’m sure I won’t be the only one who finds themselves hooked from the first verse to the outro.

You can check out yung jibz’s latest single Fresh Ways for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Shrt_Lyf – Sloppy Top: Aggressively Absorbing Alt Hip Hop

Up and coming Alt Rap artist Shrt_Lyf dropped their aggressively absorbing Trap single “Sloppy Top” on September 2nd.  If you haven’t already had the pleasure of revelling in Shrt_Lyf’s own organic brand of experimentalism, Sloppy Top is the perfect introduction.

Their dark and macabre style throws you right back to the days when there was plenty of people on the hype around the Insane Clown Posse. Yet, Shrt_Lyf’s sound is firmly rooted in the new wave of Hip Hop. There will be plenty of Billie Eilish comparisons made as the world wakes up to Shrt_Lyf’s charmingly fierce approach to Rap. But credit where credit is due. Shrt_Lyf is a pioneer through the way he seamlessly merged old school Rap with new wave to create an accessibly refreshing hit.

You can check out the transfixing absurd music video to Sloppy Top for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Walker Deuce – New Me: High-Vibe Jazzy Hip Hop

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If you’re looking for fresh high-vibe Jazzy Hip Hop, look no further than the fiery new mix from up and coming Rap artist Walker Deuce.

“New Me” offers a vibrantly effervescent soundscape in which Walker Deuce lays down their witty, playful Rap bars. The production may be slightly Lo-Fi, yet, the slightly rough cut on the track only amplifies the authenticity of New Me.

Walker Deuce’s charisma won’t fail to leave you endeared through New Me, there may not be many Hip Hop artist putting out good-vibe mixes, but that just gives you all the more reason to put Walker Deuce on your radar. With each new release, their sound becomes even more refined, it’s going to be pretty exciting to see what comes next from the Idaho-based artist.

You can check out Walker Deuce’s latest single New Me for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Beetyl releases their pensively powerful Alt Rock hit “I’m Sorry, I Miss You”

“I’m Sorry, I Miss You” is the latest single to be released by up and coming Brooklyn-based Alt Rock artist Beetyl.

As you can probably gather by the track’s title, it’s a lovelorn hit. But what you probably won’t be able to anticipate is the absolute synergy which is found between the atmospheric acoustic and electronic instrumentals.

Beetyl’s latest single finds the perfect middle ground between Post Punk Indie and contemporary Hip Hop while keeping the melancholic vocals well and truly in the Trap arena. It may only run through for just under 90 seconds, but it still packs a potent hit of pensive emotion. Not even someone as aurally jaded as myself could make it to the outro dry-eyed.

Now, I can’t wait to hear what Beetyl can do with a full-length track. There may be plenty of artists playing with Rock and Hip Hop soundscapes, but the guitars in I’m Sorry, I Miss You were beyond transfixing.

You can check out Beetyl’s single I’m Sorry, I Miss You for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kin Leyon – It’s My Fault: Boundary-Pushing Alt Hip Hop

If you’re always on the hunt for inventive genre-mashing melodies, your need for experimentalism will definitely be sated by California-based artist Kin Leyon’s latest single “It’s My Fault”.

Kin Leyon may be relatively fresh from their inception, but they’re already becoming increasingly renowned for their ability to offer un-archetypal anthemic hits. While I’m no stranger to carnivalesque music, it’s safe to say I’ve never heard the chaos of the furling progressions within Alt Hip Hop before.

I don’t like to throw around the term genius a lot, but this indulgent mix which merges together elements of Indie, Hip Hop, Alt Rock, Electronica and Jazz, definitely makes Kin Leyon worthy of the accolade. Because despite the experimental approach to It’s My Fault, it’s infectiously immersive, and it won’t fail to leave a persistent earworm lingering.

You can check out Kin Leyon’s single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Rap Artist Mordux Has Made Their Debut with their Single “Skin”

If you’re tired of hitting play on ‘Alt Hip Hop’ tracks which don’t possess a hint of authenticity, you’re definitely going to want to check out Mordux’s debut single “Skin”.

Fans of artists such as Yelawolf who incorporate elements of melodic Rock into Hip Hop are sure to appreciate the intricately rhythmic flawless feat of urban genre-mashing found in Skin.

Through the Rock infusion, Skin unfolds with the familiarity of a 90s Rock single, but through the solid Hip Hop structure, Mordux has proven that their prodigal flair deserves a spot on contemporary airwaves. Not all artists have the ability to drop a complete earworm as their first single, but perceptibly, Mordux isn’t your average up and coming artist.

You can check out Mordux’ debut single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jay Greene Releases Their Fifth Fiery Hip Hop Drop with “Ginsu”

If you’ve not already put breaking Hip Hop artist Jay Greene on your radar, what are you waiting for? Their recently released 5th single stands as a testament to the fact that they’re the triple threat. Lyrically, vocally, and instrumentally, Ginsu is a flawlessly transfixing offering of contemporary Rap.

Mixing up the usual trap beats, Jay Greene incorporated plenty of Eastern Rhythms into the soundscape. As for the Rap bars, Jay Greene didn’t fail to lay down authoritative lyrical waxing with Ginsu. Right from the first verse, you’re hooked into the clever, witty lyricism and the conviction-fuelled delivery of the bars. There are very few artists with the ability to throw lyrical fire quite as hot as Jay Greene.

You can check out Jay Greene’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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