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Tha Individuals have dropped their distinctively hypnotic feat of Hip Hop “Seasons”

Breaking Hip Hop collective Tha Individuals have just dropped their experimentally atmospheric new mix “Seasons”.

Even though there’s plenty of grind, momentum and conviction which pours from Seasons, the downtempo pacing and inventive production style transform the mix into a distinctively hypnotic feat of Hip Hop.

With each of the four artists including Shmobandie, AldeezDaGreat, WestMoDollaz and Dubsandup bringing a different vocal dynamic to the mix, each progression in the soundscape feels as fresh as the last.

Tha Individuals come highly recommended to anyone who appreciates pioneering ingenuity from up and coming artists. Get them on your radar.

You can check out Seasons for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now. Keep up to date with the artist’s latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kaedo takes the evolution of Hip Hop one step further with their track “Explicit Life”

Up and coming Hip Hop artist Kaedo has recently dropped their latest track Explicit Life. Even before the first verse has even run through you get the affirmation that Kaedo has created a brand-new trajectory in the evolution of Hip Hop.

Expect relentless rap verses which ooze magnetic playful personality and experimentally trippy beats which ensure that Kaedo’s track could never be mistaken for another artist’s sound. The cherry on the cake is the intellectual nuanced lyrics. There’s plenty of mic drop verse endings in the rap bars which will hook you in as sharply as the wavy instrumental hooks.

You can check out Kaedo’s latest drop Explicit Life which was released on May 4th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Paul DoggerTee – She’s Famous on TikTok: Hazy Downtempo Hip Hop

The concept of fame is constantly in flux. Now, being famous on TikTok is a thing, and while I’m not entirely sure that’s a good thing or not, I can say with absolute certainty that Paul DoggerTee’s latest single “She’s Famous on TikTok” definitely is.

The ambiently playful track provides a downtempo dreamscape to slip into as you appreciate their modern stylistic production style and their sense of humour. The ambiguously hazy love song leaves plenty to your imagination as you listen to the beats weave through progressions and the vocals which slightly bleed into the mix for the ultimate cathartic vibe.

You can check out Paul DoggerTee’s single She’s Famous on TikTok which was released on May 22nd for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Claytonisokay – Planet Prison: Resonantly Magnetic Grunge-Laden Hip Hop

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Any Nirvana fans will undoubtedly be drawn in by the prelude of Manhattan-based Alternative artist Claytonisokay’s recently released second single “Planet Prison”.

The grungy ennui-laden air still lingers within the instrumentals from the first verse, but to create a distinctively cutting track, Claytonisokay pulled in elements of Pop, Trap, and RnB before fading out on a distorted sample of Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped Box.

He may have borrowed a few stylistic nuances from Cobain, yet, with the RnB Hip Hop lyrics, Claytonisokay perceptibly didn’t fail to put their own stamp on the airwaves.

We’re all feeling fairly trapped right now, and the poetic flex in the lyrics which allude to self-inflicted mental constraints perfectly captures the strange emotions that we’re all undoubtedly feeling right now.

If the resonance in the soundscape alone wasn’t a good enough reason to hit play, Claytonisokay will be donating all of the streaming proceeds to charity.

You can check out Claytonisokay’s single Planet Prison for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lucky Swami – $wipe icard: Atmospherically Fresh Dark Hip Hop

Lucky Swami and Foolish G teamed up once more to create a darkly atmospheric feat of Hip Hop with their 2020 release $wipe icard.

If you’re a fan of Rap tracks which offer beats which are just as authoritative as the Rap bars, you’ll undoubtedly want to make $wipe icard a firm fixture on your playlists. It boasts old school lyrical conviction while making sure it is bang on trend with the polished bass-heavy Alt Trap beats.

There may be plenty of energy thrown into the ensnaring mix, but thanks to the easy melodic groove of the ominous track, it’s one you can easily slip into.

You can check out Lucky Swami’s tracks for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Benjamin Elia$ – LO SIENTO: Mindfully Euphoric Jazz-Soaked Alt Hip Hop

Up and coming Alt Hip Hop artist Benjamin Elia$ dropped his mindfully euphoric latest single “LO SIENTO” on March 18th 2020. The release has already garnered plenty of acclaim, with the vibrancy, soul, and experimentalism which the organically fresh track contains, there’s little room to wonder why.

With an infusion of Jazz amongst other elements of World music and Alt Rock, LO SIENTO is a versatile mix. Yet, the real distinction lies in the sincerity of the animatedly magnetic delivery of the vocals.

After hearing LO SIENTO, I’m fairly convinced that there isn’t a vibe check in the wold which Benjamin Elia$ couldn’t pass. He’s exactly the kind of artist we all need to be making more time for right now.

You can check out the official video to Benjamin Elia$’ latest single LO SIENTO for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SwifStyle lets you revisit the good times with their standout Funk-driven Hip Hop track “Throwback”  

https://open.spotify.com/track/0u76ZxVRqnhVKahw76qlLD

The standout single Throwback from breaking Alt Hip Hop artist SwifStyle’s latest album “The Renaissance Movement, Phase 1” serves up an infectiously adrenalizing dose of Funk and Soul. It almost makes Daft Punk’s tracks sound flat.

Throwback may aid nostalgia by catapulting you back to the time when Disco and Funk were King. But the vibrantly eclectic approach to production ensured that Throwback is as fresh as Alt Hip Hop comes.

Expect killer acoustic basslines, sensually charismatic vibing vocals, and electrically-charged melodies which will stick to your synapses long after the track has faded to a close. It’s not every day we come across a track with such visceral soul and connectable expressive passion. Don’t hang around getting SwifStyle on your radar. They won’t be up and coming for long.

You can check out Throwback along with the rest of SwifStyle’s album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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EDDIE SATURN – VACATION featuring MyCompiledThoughts

If you like your music fuelled by Funk, Groove, and Soul, prepare to be enamoured by EDDIE SATURN’s latest playfully vibing mix “VACATION” featuring MyCompiledThoughts.

The world may be a little insane right now and going on vacation may be hard but listening to this warm and vibrant mix definitely isn’t. There’s little use in attempting slap a genre-label on VACATION, the soundscape transcends the archaic notion of aural constraint.

The popping melodies sit in constantly evolving beds of electronic effects and pick up momentum as the track which is sure to appease any fans of Daft Punk progresses. Yet with the experimentally melodic Indie feel, there’s very little in the way of assimilation in VACATION.

Perceptibly, co-producer Donny Darkpop pulled it out of the bag when they polished the mix which doesn’t just verse about nirvana, it takes you there.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Trap and RnB Converge in YaBoyAMP’s Latest Single “HENNESSY”

Up and coming Alt RnB Hip Hop artist YaBoyAMP dropped their latest single “HENNESSY” on February 19th. Once the instrumental hooks grip you, you’ll be at the mercy of the immersive melodies in this unique convergence of Trap and RnB.

YaBoyAMP’s constantly evolving vocals switch from smooth and steady Trap bars to harmonically pitch-perfect RnB Pop vocals allowing HENNESSY to unfold as a dynamic and well-rounded hit.

The lyrics may be on the more salacious side, but that’s not to say that HENNESSY is without its romanticism. Before you reach the outro, you’ll get to appreciate the full extent of YaBoyAMP’s lyrical waxing skills. But it’s much more than just their ability to keep to perfect meter and rhyme on offer. Within the final verses, you’ll get a potent serving of undiluted soul which will stay with you for long after the track has faded to a close.

You can check out YaBoyAMP’s latest single HENNESSY for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lord Kuda – Soldier featuring Hoodicide: Inspirationally Fresh Hip Hop

https://open.spotify.com/track/2aJEFY13dVWFHxa6HGxmi2

Breaking US-based Hip Hop artist Lord Kuda has been responsible for plenty of evocatively mindful tracks, with their latest single “Soldier” their introspection reached inspiring new heights.

While the world feels uncertain and impossible to find a foothold in, Soldier provides a powerfully unique olive branch of empowerment as you listen to the vitriolically uplifting verses unfold.

For Soldier, Lord Kuda teamed up with Hoodicide to create a fresh new atmospheric Trap hit. The intricate and light yet convictive beats will lock you into the melodies and make it all too easy for you to follow the resonant verses.

If you haven’t already jumped on Lord Kuda’s hype, now would be the time to embrace their ingenuity and place them firmly on your radars.

You can check out Lord Kuda’s latest single Soldier for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast