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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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Kick back with Eye o mighty’s smoothest feat of Hip Hop yet “Xxaura” featuring Naya Papaya

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Following on from the success of their first album Angelic Divination, Hip Hop artist Eye o mighty has dropped another firestorm of a release with their sophomore album Xxpandora.

Xxpandora was released on July 20th and while each track is indulgently sweet as the last, the perfect introduction to Eye o mighty’s sound is irrefutably Xxaura featuring Naya Papaya. With the smooth hazy and distinctive spiritual vibes, Xxaura unravels as a captivatingly transfixing hit which is as uplifting as it is energetically invigorating.

More often than not, ‘feel-good’ tracks smack with insincerity, but with Eye o mighty, you get the sense that Xxaura came straight from their playfully charismatic soul.

You can check out Xxaura along with the rest of Eye o mighty’s album Xxpandora for yourselves by heading over to apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Arthur Pri¢e is on lyrical fire in their latest Ambient Indie Hip Hop single “Witnesses”  

Up and coming Hip Hop artist Arthur Pri¢e dropped the official music video to their latest single Witnesses on July 19th. With a sound which sits right on the contemporary curve, the smooth grind of the beats and the flawless production, any fans of downtempo Hip Hop will want to indulge themselves.

You can’t help but lock into Arthur Pri¢e’s introspectively deep Rap bars which offer as much connectable resonance as they do wit. I’ll never get tired of hearing Rap bars which show that Rap and poetry are two sides of the same coin. There’s an incredibly refreshing sense that Arthur Pri¢e held nothing back when penning the powerful perfectly metered lyrics.

From start to finish, Witness is a mesmerizingly immersive track. The instrumentals may be stripped back, but the ambient grooves behind Arthur Pri¢e’s bars prove to be an alchemic combination.

You can check out the official music video to Arthur Pri¢e’s single Witnesses via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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US Hip Hop artist Dolla has dropped their most compelling and candid single yet with “Pray”

While US Hip Hop artist Dolla has dropped plenty of hits since making their debut in 2012, the perfect introduction to his compelling and candid Hip Hop style is their seminal single Pray.

As much as people like to believe that they understand everyone, we don’t, which is why tracks such as Pray are worth their weight in gold. It opens listeners up to a lived experience, and whether you find resonance or that you are worlds apart, the lyrical introspection will hit hard. From the first verse, you’re hooked by the smoothly metered Rap bars while the instrumentals offer a mellow, rhythmic atmosphere ensuring that when you hit play, all your consciousness is consumed.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fiery Lyrical Conviction Meets Ambient Beats in GV’s Standout Hip Hop Single “Lil Min”

Breaking Hip Hop artist & activist GV made their debut in 2018 with the firestorm of a Rap album “Calm Before the Storm”. If you let the release pass you by, there’s no better time to hit play on the collection of adrenalizing convictive tracks which tackle issues which are (unsurprisingly) just as prevalent today.

The perfect introduction to GV’s fiery approach to ambient Hip Hop is Lil Man, a mould-breaking feat of Hip Hop where ambient dreamy beats create the platform for GV’s justifiably aggressive vocals which verse the hard-hitting, raw and real lyrics.

The lyrics may invoke a smorgasbord of emotion, but the smooth and hazy production makes sure that any anger thrown your way in Lil Man hits you accordantly.

You can check out GV’s single Lil Min along with their album by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hip Hop Producer Drilltime Zani Has Taken the Scene by Rhythmic Storm with Their Standout Mix “Mop Stickz”

Hip Hop producer Drilltime Zani has proven to be a rhythmic force to be reckoned with in recent years. With multiple viral hits under their belt such as Mop Stickz which have racked up over 2 million streams on YouTube alone since its release in 2019, it’s hard not to pay attention to their virtuoso style.

With Mop Stickz, Drilltime Zani took Lud Foe’s iconic style and crafted a cinematically immersive, atmospherically ambient track which has no need for Rap bars to express the energy and emotion which oozes from the masterful almost Neo-Classic progressions.

It’s all too easy to expect big things to come from the Florida, US-based artist in the future.

You can check out Mop Stickz along with Drilltime Zani’s other beats for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zenith777 – Carpe Diem: Lyrically Transfixing Ambient Jazz-Laden Hip Hop

Off the heels of their successful 2020 Hip Hop debut, Zenith777 followed-up with a lyrically transfixing feat of Ambient Jazz-laden Hip Hop with the single “Carpe Diem”.

Lockdown may not have been the time to seize the day, but now that it’s coming to an end, Carpe Diem drops resolving reminders to pick your passion back up, dodge the drama and brush off the apathy. 2020 may be messed up. But that’s no reason to put optimism and motivation to one side.

With the contemporary Indie vibe behind Carpe Diem, it’s all too easy to sink into the soundscape and drink in the lyrical wisdom which Zenith777 soulfully offers.

Finding Hip Hop artists who you can easily connect with is often harder than finding a needle in a haystack. After you hit play on Carpe Diem, you’ll see that’s just one of the reasons to put Zenith777 on your radar.

You can check out Zenith777’s track Carpe Diem along with their debut single by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Marlee has dropped their ambiently trippy soul-soothing exotic feat of Alt Hip Hop “Dope”

Chances are, you won’t hit play on anything trippier than Alt Hip Hop artist Marlee’s recently released single “Dope” this year.

The wavy ambient experimental mix draws you in with the hazy multi-layered beats which Marlee uses to lay down his mellifluously soulful RnB-style Rap bars.

The exotic deftly polished mix allows you to immerse yourself in 3:32-minutes of pure unadulterated escapism. If you’ve paid attention to the outside world recently, you’ll know just how essential aural escapism is. You can either look at the news for your impression of society and humanity, or you can delve into dreamy soul-soothing hits such as Dope.

If any up and coming Hip Hop artist and songwriter deserves to top the charts in 2020, it’s Marlee. Their high vibe is infectious.

You can check out Dope along with the rest of Malee’s tracks by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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KidSeb serves up hazy summer vibes in their latest release “Re: Growth EP”

If you’re looking to soak up some hazy smooth summer vibes, there’s a potent serving in up and coming South Auckland-based Hip Hop artist KidSeb’s latest release “Re: Growth EP”.

The EP kicks off with a dreamy Jazz and Blues-infused Ambient feat of Hip Hop which may be instrumentally hypnotic, but KidSeb’s commanding bars make sure that your attention never falters from the sunny tones and the catchy melodic hooks.

From there on out, you’ll be immersed in East Coast-influenced mixes which any fans of Jay Z, Kanye, Drake, Dre, and Kendrick Lamar will definitely appreciate. But that’s not to say there isn’t plenty of distinction in KidSeb’s EP.

Each track is as dynamic and immersive as the last and demands repeat attention. The tracks may be on the ambient side, but each one offers infectious high vibes.

You can check out KidSeb’s EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sink into the dreamy layers in Sino Ako’s ambiently trippy Alt Hip Hop single “DopeBoy”

It’s not every day we stumble across convictive Hip Hop which is simultaneously warm, inviting and ambiently vibing as Sino Ako’s latest release “DopeBoy”. You won’t be quick to forget the accordant attack on romantic wasters.  If TLC’s iconic track Scrubs had a 2020 equivalent, it would be DopeBoy.

With Rap bars which will leave you transfixed with their soulful yet undeniable command resting on the lush dreamy beats, you can consider the East London-based artist’s sophomore release a vibe-out Hip Hop playlist essential.

But you’ll want to pay close attention to the lyrics which are versed through Sino Ako’s catchy and magnetic vocals. Within each of her releases, Sino Ako pours in unfiltered candid expression which opens up conversations over mental health and other prevalent issues.

It should go without saying that artists like Sino Ako are worth their weight in aural gold right now.

You can check out DopeBoy for yourselves by heading over to Spotify where you’ll also catch her debut single Slow It Down.

Review by Amelia Vandergast