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Jasz Official – Thinking Bout LA: Smoothly Ambient Hip Hop

Jasz Official’s standout single “Thinking Bout LA” offers something rarely found in Hip Hop; a cathartically lucid aural experience where there’s no compromise on lyrical depth, vocal conviction, vibe, or soul.

The US up and coming Hip Hop artist’s approach to downtempo is nothing short of transfixing, and Shai Melo’s deft production skills make Thinking Bout LA one of the smoothest mixes which you could add to your playlists.

The momentum may ebb and flow in the jazzy progressions, but right the way through the four-minute duration you’re left arrested by the transcendentally warm tones.

You can check out Jasz Official’s single Thinking Bout LA along with their most recent tracks for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alex Forte has dropped their latest Jazzy freestyle mix “RoseGold Freestyle”

Breaking Hip Hop artist Alex Forte has recently dropped his latest Jazzy mix “RoseGold Freestyle”. It’s playful, it’s charismatic, and it packs in plenty of ambience around the solid melodic beats.

Instead of waiting for the hooks to reel you in, right from the first verse in RoseGold Freestyle, you’re locked into a mellifluous electronic arrangement combined with equally as fluid downtempo Rap verses. Freestyle Hip Hop may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there is a lot to be said for how Alex Forte has thrown away the usual constraints which come alongside archetypal track structures and cooked up a naturally immersive mix.

Any fans of Kanye West, Jay Z, and Drake won’t want to hang around putting Alex Forte on their radars. Each new release from the artist is a testament to their perpetually evolving talent.

You can check out Alex Forte’s latest single RoseGold Freestyle for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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George Flyer – Paranoia: A Deeply Narrative Trap Lullaby

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After a six month stint between releases, Trap artist George Flyer is ready to drop their most immersive track yet. “Paranoia” perfectly captures the anxiety seems to be becoming increasingly more prevalent in our society as we all struggle to find meaning in an order-less world.

The track follows the narrative of a man directionless and only informed by their problems while trying to live in spite of their pain. Plenty of us would be lying if we said that’s an emotion which we’ve never experienced. George Flyer’s vocals are impossibly easy to listen to, there’s a vulnerability to their verses instead of abrasive aggression which makes it all too easy to make a connection to their lyrics.

If anyone can restore the reputation of Trap as an aggressive genre, it’s George Flyer. The Alt Trap track weaves in endearingly melodic elements of Folk to give Paranoia a playful friendly tonality which has plenty in common with the orchestral electronic folk created by Cosmo Sheldrake.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Paranoia for yourselves. In the meantime, head on over to SoundCloud to listen to their earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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DeUce Double has dropped their latest ambient Hip Hop drop “Problems”

Up and coming Rap artist DeUce Double dropped their latest single “Problems” (Naked Juice) on September 10th and shared a smooth urban jam with the airwaves. If your Ambient Hip Hop playlists need shaking up, Problems would be a cathartic way to start.

Problems may be a far cry from DeUce Double’s fierier hits, but the track stands as a testament to their versatility. The downtempo kicks of the drum pads sit against soft reverb-soaked keys creating a solid platform for DeUce Double to lay down their steady R&B-infused Rap verses. And through the perceptibly polished production, the track ties together to offer a fresh new vibe which is all too easy to slip into.

You can check out the official music video to DeUce Double’s latest single Problems via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dommo Lloyd & Tony G – P.N.C. ft Poetess  

Dommo Lloyd & Tony G have recently dropped their dynamically urban collaborative album “Vibez”. Through an indulgent mix of R&B, Hip Hop, and Ambient Trap, each of the tracks provides uniquely wavy offerings of electronically rendered rhythm. But there is no better introduction to their collaborative sound than “P.N.C.” which also features the smooth and magnetically feisty vocals from Poetess.

It may not be the most polished soundscape which you’ll hear this year, but P.N.C. still holds plenty of appeal for anyone looking to freshen up their vibe-out playlists. And perhaps more importantly, it provides ample catharsis while at the same time never allowing your attention to falter from the beats which provide the perfect platform for the three vocalists to lay the lyrics on.

You can check out Dommo Lloyd & Tony G’s track along with the rest of their 2019 album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Aspen the rapper Releases Their Latest Experimentally Mesmerising Single “Beautiful Chaos III”

It will only take you the first verse of Aspen the rapper’s latest Alt Hip Hop single “Beautiful Chaos III” to realise why they went with that for the chosen title to their prodigally mesmerising single.

With a darkly arrestive prelude which feels like you’ve just hit play on a particularly chilling cut-screen part on a videogame and the rhythmically flawless verses which follow, those looking for authentic Hip Hop won’t be disappointed.

Not only are the beats refreshingly pioneering, but admirably, Aspen the Rapper is one of the lesser found urban artists prepared to pour their soul into their mixes – and it definitely shows. Everything about Beautiful Chaos III feels epic, whilst at the same time, it’s poised, ambient and soulful. It definitely deserves a spot on your ambient Hip Hop playlists.

You can check out Aspen the rapper’s single Beautiful Chaos III for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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 DNigel Feat-Drakes – Forever You: Lucidly Soothing Ambient Hip Hop

Washington, US-Based artist and producer DNigel has recently dropped their most ambiently immersive single yet “Forever You” featuring Drakes.

It may only be a short and sweet lucid offering of wavy downtempo R&B-infused Hip Hop, but it’s still extremely efficacious at drawing you into the resonantly soothing reverb-laden lush mix. The female vocals ethereally hover atop of the tentatively captivating instrumental progressions in perfect synergy.

I can’t say that I’ve encountered many soundscapes which manage to simultaneously resonate as soulful and haunting. But what I am unequivocally sure of is that DNigel has a deft mastery over the production of smooth and sonorous urban tracks.

You can check out Forever You for yourselves by heading over to Reverb Nation now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Experimental artist Tyler Smith makes their Reverb-Drenched Hip Hop debut with “30000” ft. Corwin

Up and coming Alt Hip Hop artist Tyler Smith has recently made their debut with the mesmerising dreamscape “30000” ft. Corwin.

The track kicks off with the vocals sitting dominantly in the mix, which puts a captivating intimacy behind 30000 as Tyler Smith allows the verses run through in a smooth velvety spoken word format. Naturally, 30000 is immersive right from the very first verse.

But don’t get too attached with the poetry, because as the track progresses, the instrumentals take over and layers of hazy reverb-drenched Dream Wave is spilt along with plenty of lucid catharsis.

I can’t say I’ve ever heard a track which could simultaneously enamour Shoegaze and Hip Hop fans before.  But what I am sure of is that Tyler Smith is going to have no trouble setting themselves apart with distinction.

You can check out Tyler Smith’s single 30000 for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jack Murphy – Trading: Ambient Hip Hop fit for Your 2019 Playlists

It would be easy to assume that Jack Murphy created his single “Trading” as an act of genre-defiance. Within the soundscape you get to sample elements from Indie, Hip Hop, and EDM in a seamless blend as the fluidity of his vocals sweep through the atmospherically layered mix. The drum pads provide the backbone to the rest of the track which comes together through a smorgasbord of haunting effects making that little bit easier to be snared by the lyrical hooks.

You can check out Jack Murphy’s single Trading along with the rest of his debut albums for yourselves by heading over to Spotify. With no two tracks the same each stands as a testament to the diversity of the up and coming artist’s talent which is often tinged with melancholy, yet the sound retains a magnetic vibrancy which makes skipping a track an act of aural blasphemy.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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