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Mooch has dropped their soulful single “Rainy Daze”

Hailing from New Jersey, Mooch describes himself as “An Old Soul making real music for real people”, and with ‘Rainy Daze’ he’s probably not far away with that description. From the ‘For You From Me’ mini-album, this is a love song in chilled-out old school Hip Hop format a la early De La Soul, beautifully mellow and down-tempo.

There’s a lovely little jazzy guitar phrase repeated over and around atop swingy drums and handclaps and Mooch’s laconic spoken delivery.  In a world that currently seems to be tearing itself into ever greater paroxysms of anger and division, this is a softer, gentler ode to love and to better days ahead; “I wanna hang out wit’ you while it’s downpouring/You give me chills like the crowd roarin’/I know it might sound boring/but one day we’ll be soarin’/and never worry about ever being late in the morning”. Frankly, who couldn’t use a little more of that right now?

‘For You From Me’ is on Spotify or you can check Mooch out on Soundcloud.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Jungle.wav – Old School analogue ambience with “Jai Guru Deva”

The video to Jungle.wav’s single ‘Jai Guru Deva’ is roughly 100 seconds of dreamy, escapist visions of mountains and alpine forest, all lo-fi shakiness on old-school cine-8.

That’s pretty much the music, too; dreamy, escapist, and low tempo. Sweeping old-school electronica mixes lo-fi beats, soothing chillwave and half-spoken mellow vocals; it’s trancey and reverb-soaked, chilled and psychedelic. Yes, there’s an obvious Eno-like reference in its ambience, but there’s elements of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Youssou N’Dour mixed in with the chiming strings and sweeping, old-school analogue synth. Behind the whispered vocal sit lo-fi, Moog and ARP sounds, and then, all too soon, it’s over.

You can hear ‘Jai Guru Deva’ on YouTube, and find more from Jungle.wav here.

Review by Alex Holmes

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BiggslimeMO has given the evolution of Hip Hop a brand-new direction with “On the Way”

Floridian Rap artist BiggslimeMO has dropped one of the freshest new evolutions in Hip Hop we’ve heard so far this year. On the Way may just have the power to unite fans of the Old School with Trap kids.

With their most arrestive track released to date, you’ve got the fresh, snappy, high-vibe instrumentals paired with clean, steady and notably ingenious Rap bars. Yet, the first thing that will hit you when you hit play on the smooth and polished mix is the vibe which BiggslimeMO effortlessly offers. They’ve dialled back the swagger to serve up a lyrically raw and laidback feat of Hip Hop which feels more candid and intimate with every listen.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Donald Jackston – Boundaries: Intensely Arrestive Alt Rock

Many artists attempt to infuse Alt Rock and Hip Hop in the hopes of creating a new sound, while the ingenuity is appreciated, not many can pull it off as well as Donald Jackston did with their latest single “Boundaries”.

Right from the start, you’re hooked in by the solid anthemically-charged rhythms which make Boundaries so much more than immersive. Boundaries is an intensely arrestive experience which almost teases a massive build-up and drop, but keeps the tempo steady right the way through.

The instrumental experimentalism is one thing, the magnetically connectable lyrics are quite another. If we’re all being honest with ourselves, we could all do with working on our boundaries, Donald Jackston’s single is a stark but softly resolving reminder.

You can check out Donald Jackston’s sticky-sweet Alt-Rock earworm for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Hip Hop artist Skvwalker teases what’s to come on his upcoming LP with the standout single “Time Again”

If it’s been a while since a feat of Hip Hop made your jaw drop, hit play on up and coming Hip Hop artist Skvwalker’s single Time Again featuring Isnotcynical produced by Olivier Bassil & Brian Shiel.

Skvwalker promised to deliver ‘not your average Hip Hop beat’ with Time Again, he definitely didn’t disappoint. EDM, Pop and Hip Hop all converge in the high-vibe euphorically-produced mix which packs in some insanely unpredictable progressions.

Each element of Time Again is flawless, but it’s the rapid changes in the rap bars will leave your heart in your throat. It wasn’t just the beats which transfixingly built up, but the vocals too. If the bars ran any faster they would have been supersonic.

Naturally, we’re all too excited to hear the rest of Skvwalker’s LP Broke Music which is due to drop on August 1st.

You can check out Time Again for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Blackmajic – Go (Superstar Figure) featuring Almighty Bhiz, Jaylaflame and Reg Mason

New Wave Trap artist Blackmajic dropped their latest single Go (Superstar Figure) featuring Almighty Bhiz, Jaylaflame and Reg Mason on July 24th. If any Trap track deserves to go viral this summer, it is this one.

The bass-driven mix packs a high-octane punch, but you’ll still be able to lock into the rhythmic grind which is offered by Blackmajic’s flawlessly metered Rap bars. Paired with sharp melodic hooks, there’s little chance that you’ll hit play on Go without being fully immersed by the solid, fresh and alchemic rhythms.

It’s one of those rare tracks you hit play on and can’t sit still while listening to it. Hip Hop tracks with that kind of arrestive power are worth their weight in gold. Naturally, Blackmajic is well worth putting on your radar.

Blackmajic’s latest single Go is available to stream via all major platforms through this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Visceral Alt Rock and High-Octane Hip Hop Converge in Matt Michael’s Latest Release “Copain”

Breaking Hip Hop artist Matt Michael’s latest release Copain is exactly the kind of track which the word ‘Fire’ should be exclusively reserved for. There’s no preparing you for the visceral intensity which the high-octane track packs in.

There are a number of reminiscences to be found in the chorus to the likes of Linkin Park. Yet, perceptibly, Matt Michael threw in a smorgasbord of pioneering energy into Copain.

Vocally, Matt Michael switches between slow and steady Rap verses over downtempo old school Hip Hop beats with semi-orchestral layers, but when the choruses kick in, the vocals evolve into evocatively fierce Alt-Rock vocals.

It’s raw, it’s volatile and it’s a seamless convergence of Hip Hop and Alt-Rock which any fans of new and fresh experimental Hip Hop will want to check out. As he’ll be releasing new tracks throughout 2020, you’ll definitely want him on your radar.

You can check out Matt Michael’s single Copain for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dan B. and Zorenzo teamed up to cook up a powerfully sobering feat of Indie RnB Hip Hop “Please”

https://music.apple.com/us/album/please-feat-zorenzo-single/1516182145

After a string of successful singles, up and coming US Rap artist Dan B. has dropped a firestorm of a hit with his latest release “Please” featuring Zorenzo.

Every time I hear a contemporary track tackling current issues, I feel my perspectives shift. After hearing Please, my perspective took a seismic transposition. The slow and evocatively compelling feat of RnB Hip Hop is sure to hit a nerve if you have a shred of empathy left Their sobering introspection which shows just how deeply systemic racism is ingrained within our society will leave you grounded, but Please is anything but your usual morose RnB single. It’s empowering, it’s comforting, and importantly it’s educational.

I’m not ashamed to say that I couldn’t make it to the end of the mix with dry eyes. The stunning Alt-Rock instrumentals which lay down absorbing riffs behind the solid structure of the drumbeats are the perfect sweetener to this sobering hit.

There’s also plenty to say about the poetic air to Dan B.’s lyrics. I could tell you all about it, but you’ve got ears. You can check out Dan B.’s latest single Please which dropped on June 17th for yourselves via apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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D.Carr The Fly Guy has dropped the slickest Hip Hop track of the year with their single “Puddle”

Hip Hop doesn’t come much slicker than breaking Rap artist D.Carr The Fly Guy’s recently released, flawlessly produced single “Puddle”.

Puddle was created with equal parts attitude, grit and instrumental ingenuity. The contrast between the light and delicate notes and D.Carr The Fly Guy’s salaciously convictive Rap bars ensured that you’ve never hit play on a Hip Hop track quite like this before.

D.Carr The Fly Guy is definitely one to watch. It’s not every day you come across a Hip Hop artist offering striking authenticity in their sound, and it’s even rarer to find an artist with such a magnetic vibe. Get him on your radar.

You can check out the official music video to D.Carr The Fly Guy’s standout single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Withajay offers serious distinction and groove in their high-fire Alt EDM Hip Hop single “Tell Me Why”

Any Saul Williams fans will definitely want to jump on Withajay’s recently released single “Tell Me Why”. Their combination of House and Hip Hop offers some serious distinction, groove, and earworm potential.

The entrancing beats and the flawless meter in Withajay’s playful rap bars along with the nuances of Indie weaved into the mix made Tell Me Why a track I will never forget. Mostly because the wit-soaked hit ended up on my Alt Hip Hop playlists before it had the chance to ran through.

The adjectives ‘experimental’ and ‘ingenious’ don’t often go hand in hand. But with Tell Me Why, you get to simultaneously appreciate the authentic flair and the ahead-of-the-curve commercial potential.

You can check out Withajay’s latest single Tell Me Why via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast