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Alt Hiphop

Jungle Jim – Cry Baby: Arrestive Alt Hip Hop

Given the sheer amount of Hip Hop that’s out there to be discovered, it’s incredibly rare to find a style and talent as distinctive and as refreshing as coming artist Jungle Jim’s latest single “Cry Baby”.

Ever heard mesmerising Post Punk guitars brought into a mix of Future Pop and Hip Hop? We haven’t either. And while there are plenty of reasons to fall enamoured by the love track which attacks the bitter-sweet emotion of messing up with someone that you love, it really is the prodigal appeal that will leave you captivated with each progression of this mix. Lyrics in a romantically-inclined Hip Hop track don’t usually bite you as hard as Cry Baby, but this track has teeth. That won’t stop you wanting to add the track to your playlists though.

You can check out the latest track from Jungle Jim for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Mr Metrónomo – Chillin Like a Villain: Lyrical Ingenuity on a Platform of Alt Hip Hop

The first few notes to Mr Metrónomo’s latest single will fool you into thinking you’re in store for more of a dreamscape than a soundscape. Then the heavily distorted guitars kick in and provide the backbone to the beat of “Chillin Like a Villain”.

Yet, as innovative as the Rock/Hip Hop instrumentals to the single are, when Mr Metrónomo kicks into his lyrical flow it will be hard to tear yourself away from the Rap delivery. To define the introspection in the lyricism as sharp almost feels like an understatement.

Yet, the Rock-style vocals which kicked in towards the end of the single didn’t quite match up to what was offered lyrically through the rest of Chillin Like a Villain. The almost spoken word delivery of the lyrics allowed them to resonate as pure poetry, yet that was lost as the vocals switched from the charismatically playful delivery. But that’s not to say we’re not infinitely excited by the potential of the up and coming artist.

You can check out Mr Metrónomo’s latest single Chillin Like a Villain our for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

FlyNeverDies – Make Me Happy: An Alternative Contemporary Hit of Retro Hip Hop

With a dreamy jazz influence FlyNeverDies latest track “Make Me Happy” kicks off to a sensually R&B fused start. The up and coming artist’s alternative approach to Indie Hip Hop captivated me before the first verse even ran through. Whilst the bars from the duo may not be the heaviest, there’s an undeniably fluid feel to the verses and their charismatic styles have instantaneous charm, drawing you even further into the good-feel vibe of the track.

There’s plenty of progression within Make Me Happy which keeps you hooked into the flow, which is something that you’re not treated to all to often when it comes to Hip Hop. Then again, FlyNeverDies is anything but your typical urban act. Just as you think you couldn’t rate Make Me Happy any higher, female vocalist Jean Grae steps up with a soulfully harmonious offering.

You can check out FlyNeverDies’ latest single Make Me Happy for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast