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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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Rooftop J – We Going Up: Magnetically Connectable Smooth Hip Hop

Inspirational Hip Hop never gets old. As long as apathy still lingers in our society, we’ll need artists such as Rooftop J to grace the airwaves with high-vibe tracks such as “We Going Up”.

With the steady downtempo beats, a sprinkling of Jazz tones and the atmospheric depth of We Going Up, you’ll easily find the groove in the mix and be pulled along as you hang off Rooftop J’s every word. Their Rap bars parallel the mellifluous feel of the beats in the track which is bound to be of interest to fans of Mac Miller, Kanye, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar.

Ever since Rooftop J made their debut in 2018, they haven’t been short of acclaim, and it’s more than easy to see why. Their magnetically connectable vibe is inimitable.

You can check out Rooftop J’s single We Going Up for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Get high with US Hip Hop artist Viizion’s latest drop “Elevate”

US Hip Hop artist Viizion has dropped their first 2020 single Elevate, if you’re looking for an urban aural pick up prepare to get elevated.

Viizion’s approach to West Coast Hip Hop may be immediately accessible, but tangibly, they’ve poured plenty of authenticity into the mix. The hazy stoner vibes instantly let you know that Elevate is a track which is safe to sink into. Viizion’s Rap bars may remain energetic, but the smooth inventive beats ooze a sublime catharsis which you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

Fans of Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Drake are definitely going to want to make the up and coming artist a firm fixture on their playlists.

You can check out Viizion’s track Elevate for yourselves via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Up and coming artist Maz drops his first single Godfather

Barely 20 years old and with a confident drive, Poland-born and UK-raised artist Maz drops his first hip hop track Godfather.

Gaining groove from Drake-alike beats and rap style, Godfather is a minimalistic hip hop effort that clutches blunt words and lyrics while keeping the music in a steady loop, as if Maz was vocally announcing his debut into the music scene. Despite being a novice, Maz shows an energetic and thoughtful approach and stresses how important it is to encourage people to pursue music.

By drawing likes to his up and coming project, Maz hopes he’ll bring awareness to North Wales, where he resides, and undertakes a tough yet brave journey that his grit will certainly back up.

You can listen to Godfather for yourself on Spotify.

Review by Jim Esposito.

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Kid Riz drops his new single ‘Lola’

Canadian artist Kid Riz drops his new single ‘Lola’, a fresh boogie hit that will surprise you with its authenticity.

‘Lola’ stands from the very first playthrough as a dance-y tune filled with Latin sounds very unlike the typical summer Raggaeton one-hit wonders. It showcases an original feel in its sparkling and captivating loops, indulging you to “shake it” to the upbeat tempo.

Inspired by the likes of Drake, Bruno Mars and, in some bits, Kanye West, Kid Riz manages to “latinize” Hip Hop fundamentals with a tenacious RnB spirit – all building up to a Pop outcome that lives up to the Top50’s mainstream charts.

Being only 19 years old, Kid Riz has youth on his side and a long way ahead to explore and experiment.

Check out ‘Lola’ on Spotify.

Review by Jim Esposito.

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Hip Hop and R&B Artist Mayze Announces New EP ‘The Afterparty’

This new single from Mayze is an untorn seduction that’s so damn easy to cling on to. A three-minute masterpiece that can puncture the silent sound of anguish, a slog studded cool jam that discussed how he’d so wanna be on par with that special person that meant a lot to him; “even after the fights and arguments, you’re the only one I’d rather argue with”.

The self-indulgent rapper who has already fallen heads over heel for the partner he raps for seems to be overdosing on the fact that he so would love to wake up each day in twilight and remaining a pair with his partner.

An enchanting melody that’s formed by the union of that mild and enthralling beat, clear annunciation, the basic easy-go lyrical flow, the top-notch control and sweet vocal sound of the artist; all in its appropriate amount – is what makes this song have this cosmic foreign power.

Undeniably, Mayze is a talented rapper that’s quite good with what he does; he killed it on this song. He so much sounded professional.  You’ll find no reason to dislike this song because it’s really awesome and well-laid. A smooth easy style of rapping like that that’s in resemblance with Drake’s.

A good sound quality with a clear message is one of the good features Mayze’s “Ride with You” can be characterized with. In a nutshell, this song is dope and nice.

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-Lilian-Debrah.

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MǾǾD– Vegas 4 ThWeekend: Alternative Dancehall? Now I’ve heard Everything

MǾǾD dropped his latest track Vegas 4 ThWeekend just as 2017 drew to a close, offering fans the most twisted mash-up of Dancehall, Electronic and Alternative Rock one could possibly hope for. Forget reaching across genres, MǾǾD’s latest track transcends the foundations of sound by creating his own delectable mix of resonance that regardless of your musical persuasions is a pleasure for you to sink your teeth into.

The talented Singer Songwriter & Producer has utilized his penchant for old-school Alternative Rock with his infinite command over music production to create some of the most fulfilling beats on the Alternative Dance scene today. MǾǾD uses his eclectic list of influences of acts such as Drake, Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco & Frank Sinatra to bring his soulful renditions to life. The production to the sound is highly powered by a euphoric mix of Hip Hop Electronica.

In just 5 months, MǾǾD released an album along with 3 mixtapes, in 2018 he’s made it his mission to release a new album every month in 2018, it will be interesting to see if he pulls it off, but with that commitment to the cause, it’s hard to see where the uniquely talented artist can go wrong.

Vegas 4 ThWeekend is just one of the stand out tracks off his latest EP ‘The MǾǾD Life Vol. 1 which you can listen to on SoundCloud now:

https://soundcloud.com/themoodlife/vegas-4-thweeknd-1/s-2LuKG?in=themoodlife/sets/the-mood-life-vol-1/s-3s8Hw

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WilStar – OH LA LA: Drip Drop Dope

The inability of most rap artist to breathe creativity in every line of their work is something all good music enthusiast and loyalist can’t help but complain about. So many things have really changed in the rap game these days, it quite seems to be all about jumping right in the boot to record a song the moment the music producer finally hit some nice chords combo to put out a cool beat.

Whatever happened to music with a good intent of addressing a problem?

It ain’t always about cooking up a well-penned cuss/ diss track or spitting those heavy bars while trying to sound like a lyrical prodigy at rap cyphers. Trust me, this Hip Hop song ain’t nothing like what you’ve heard in a long while; it couldn’t have been sang any better.

Apart from that simple but yet captivating “She be Like Oh La La” chorus that softly adds more happy vibe the song, another thing that’s very hard to miss is that brilliant sound that hurls off every iota of uncertainty as regards the validity of the song’s quality, miles away each minute the song plays.

The Flow of the music and the lyrics are also well punctured and organized. It’s really nice to know that Wilstar is still fresh in the industry and I presume he would be able to pull out more dope songs in his subsequent work with ease.

-Lilian-Debrah

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The New Society – Feeling Ways: Rise & Grind

It seems a shame to judge The New Society based on the merits of their latest tack Feeling Ways. Musically the arrangement is solid in this Pop, Rap Hip Hop track that’s fuelled with an infectiously smooth flow and brought to life through it’s funk baselines, the rhythmic vocal ability being the ultimate cherry on the cake, yet I can’t help but feel that songs about grandiosity have been done to death. The disappointment in this track hit me like a brick when It came to the chorus as I waited for a hint of lyrical originality.

The Texan based duo that forms The New Society uses their inspirations from Calvin Harris and Drake for their tracks, but what use is that inspiration if you’re just going to churn out tracks about superficiality?

I would love to hear a track from this band that are singing REAL emotion and feeling that you can get behind and immerse yourself in the track rather than indulging them in their delusions of gangster grandeur.

If that’s exactly the type of music you go for check out Feeling Ways via Soundcloud using the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/thenewsociety/feeling-ways

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Dream-Rap? Is That Even A Thing?

Even with the amount of new music being made every day, with sheer weight of collective imaginations, the genre splicing experiments, the fusing and fusion of styles Garrison Carver seems to be on to something new here. Yes, there is a trippy trap beat, a cool R&B vibe and a rap delivery but that is then cocooned in something totally unexpected. Around these more expected elements he wraps a dream-pop haze, chilled psychedelia and electronic washes.

It’s confusing, but experience tells us that is a good thing, expectations are made to be subverted, rules are made to be broken and new musical horizons are their to be explored and DD does all of those things and more. Blissed out hip-hop? Ethereal R&B? Dream-rap? Are those even a thing? The fact that you have to invent whole new genres to put the music in is an indication of just how original this music is and how singular and lateral Garrison Carver’s thinking is.