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The Neverending Mixtape shows their teeth in JAWS!

There are plenty more than two chords in The Neverending Mixtape’s dark jungle hip hop hit JAWS! that features 724x, Wolfman Longarm, Stakes, ¡kylkenny! And Trip C.

The bass-drenched hit was created by strangers who met on the internet and formed a consistently expanding collective that now includes over 40 members. All of their rapid-fire aggressive trap bars were recorded in their home and personal studios before the beats were engineered and produced across the globe within the collective.

After building a loyal fan base, the collective ensured they had plenty more releases locked, loaded and ready to drop. If you pride yourself on having the freshest hip hop talent on your playlists, make room for The Neverending Mixtape.

You can check out JAWS! for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The prodigal of dark trap SORAthaMOON returns with his latest single, Damn, featuring Ivytheterrible

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LA-born, San Antonio-based experimental artist SORAthaMOON has released his latest dark trap single, Damn, featuring Ivytheterrible, produced by sil; the genre-melding lo-fi track runs free from stylistic constraint. Discernibly, the artist doesn’t follow trends; he creates vibes and eases you into them with the rhythmic pull of his viscerally eerie instrumentals.

Despite the chilling tone, SORAthaMOON’s playful attitude ensured that the ensnaring release isn’t without a potent shot of charisma. The roots of old school hip hop pull through in Damn, but SORAthaMOON contorts them into his signature sound that we are sure will see him go far.

Check out Damn for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Tommy Legendz turns back time with his single, 2000’s

Acid house and hip hop converge in Tommy Legendz single, 2000’s, taken from his debut EP, From Home. With two decades between now and the era he captures in his standout track, plenty of millennials will appreciate the nostalgia hit that 2000’s comes with.

The playful polyphonic synths paired with the steady 808 snares creates a captivating platform for Legendz’ vocals that come with the same luxe style as East Coast rap icons such as Nas and Jay Z.

With the fearless experimentalism found in his debut, the artist’s moniker is incredibly likely to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Tommy Legendz latest single is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Nate Dingo takes us to the movies in his latest cinematic single ft. Kmwurld & YDZ

Newark, NJ-based breaking artist Nate Dingo is starting to make major waves with his signature infusion of Afrobeat, RnB, pop and hip hop. If he is not already on your radar, his latest single, Movie, featuring Kmwurld & YDZ is the perfect introduction.

Movie is a sultry downtempo feat of tropic hip hop complete with jazzy grooves that throwback to old school, but with Nate Dingo’s boldly authentic approach, he has exactly what it takes to define the future of hip hop.

Tracks like Moves is what the phrase ‘it’s a vibe’ should have been invented for.

The official music video premiered on June 28th; it is available to stream via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Trevour Amunga artfully attacks hip hop in his downtempo debut single, Drama.

Kenya-born, LA-based songwriter and rap artist Trevour Amunga has released his debut single, Drama; he describes his sound as a charming blend of poetry and authenticity, which articulately encapsulates the vibe of the sensual spoken-word lyricism  along with the seductively ambient slow grooves of the downtempo release.

It was a short and sweet introduction to Trevour Amunga, but we’re already stoked to hear more of his artful approach to hip hop. His experimental production style and the range of his mesmerising vocal timbre makes his debut single one of the most original hip hop debuts of 2021.

Drama is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Delta Fish pushed the boundaries of hip hop even further with his latest single, ‘Dumb and Numb’.

Nashville-based hip hop artist Delta Fish keeps on proving that he’s got the hunger to ravage his way to the top with each new release; the refreshing grooves in his latest single, Dumb and Numb, is the perfect example of his pioneering appetite.

That ‘dumb and numb’ feeling you get when your MH issues start to peak is something that people scarcely talk about, let alone put in their rap bars. Delta Fish managed to create a multi-faceted release that offers all of the usual showy bravadoes along with the most candid lyrics you’re likely to hear this year in the chorus.

The 80s-style synth lines around the steady rattle of the 808s and melodic loops create a magnetic platform for Delta Fish’s bars that flirt with elements of pop and RnB.

The official music video for Dumb and Numb dropped on July 9th; you can check it out for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Jonny Darko has released his highly-anticipated debut album, Symbolica

After releasing his debut album aged 15, Jonny Darko entered the industry as a child prodigy. After a 4-year wait, his sophomore album, Symbolica, proves just how much he’s honed in on his sound that paradoxically resonates as soulfully sweet and mesmerisingly dark.

If you’re not previously acquainted with Darko’s lush synth melodies that add ambience to the energy the percussion brings, the title single is the perfect introduction to Darko’s merging of lo-fi trap with bedroom pop and alt-hip hop.

The Minneapolis-based artist and producer has a unique way of alluding to darkness within his music; nothing feels forced or prosaic. Instead, what you’ll find when you hit play is a truly genuine expression of multifaceted emotion told through meta poetic lyricism. His sound is constantly stunning. If he’s not already on your radar, make some room.

Check out the highly-anticipated sophomore album on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

JURAKHAN has made his dark electronic hip hop debut with his FLNCH EP.

Indo-Caribbean alt-rap artist JURAKHAN has dropped his debut EP, FLNCH, the opening track, MAAR, is instrumentally visceral, raw and heavy enough to merit Pendulum comparisons, but when it comes to the rough and ready rap bars, fans of old school hip hop will appreciate the domineering grit.

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Insane Clown Posse started producing cyberpunk hip hop, you’ll get a good idea of what is on offer when you delve into this darkly arresting release orchestrated by the composer, rapper, producer and instrumentalist.

JURAKHAN’s sound may be dark and aggressive, but as an artist, he creates music that speaks to others for unification, activism and understanding. We can’t wait to see how he’ll use his platform and evolve his sound in 2021 and in years to come.

JURAKHAN’s EP is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Simulated Youth – Digital Memories, featuring Rielle & Camoragi; a trap anthem for the cyber age.

US alt-electronica artist Simulated Youth is set to release his two-track release, Digital Memories, featuring vocals from Rielle & Camorag. Thankfully, he has stayed true to his signature cyberpunk EDM style that we have come to adore while creating a trap anthem for the cyber age with the title track.

The canter in the rap bars is just as dizzying as the melodic command in the reverb swathed synths in the bass-riding single that is just as conceptual as the preceding releases from Simulated Youth. This time, he tells a two-sided story of breaking up in the modern age where it is impossible to disconnect from the people we have grown apart from with the digital tethers that keep us connected. Digital Memories is for everyone that has ever scorned Facebook memories for reminding us of our exes. Especially if those exes belong in a private hall of shame.

With only a hint of hyperbole, experiencing the danceable drop for the first time may have been the highlight of my 2021. Simulated Youth is easily one of our favourite discoveries this year. His devilishly meta production style is enough to make a sapiosexual weak at the knees.

You can check out Digital Memories from June 25th here.

Connect with Simulated Youth via Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Christopher the Grey drops the follow-up to ‘Butterflies’ with new single ‘If I Didn’t Have You’

Elements of J Cole and B.o.B mix with old school hip hop on Christopher The Grey’s new single ‘If I didn’t Have You’, upbeat trap beats sitting tidily behind programmed synth parts and Christopher’s staccato, punchy lyrical flow.

The follow-up to last single ‘Butterflies’, and the 2020 album of the same name, ‘If I Didn’t Have You’ is bouncy, driving and upbeat, plaintive and searching, a cry to a lost love and a relationship gone south. There’s touches of T.I., Flo Rida, and Lil Wayne to it, plus some nicely modern-retro production in terms of the rising sequenced parts and the nicely gated hi hat beats.

You can hear ‘If I Didn’t Have You’ on Spotify; check out Christopher The Grey on Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes