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Fasho Flow – Petty: Chapter & Verse of Ghetto Trap

If you like plenty of groove & flex in your Hip Hop tracks, you can’t go far wrong with Fasho Flow’s latest single Petty. I genuinely had a hard time deciding whether I was more enthralled in the stylised rhythmic flow of Fasho Flow’s (AKA Dawon Mitchell) Hip Hop Rap style bars, or the gritty realism which created a perfectly immersive narrative that gripped you from the first bar. The only slight criticism that I would offer of the sound would be the amount of repetition that lingered in the track. It’s clear from the lyricism Fasho Flow’s track Petty that he has no trouble creating with mic-drop, punch in the gut lines.

The emerging Chicago, US based artist audibly has no issues when it comes to creating a perfectly polished beat, each of the Trap style layers sat nearly on top of each other to fashion a mid-tempo beat that would be perfect to listen to as part of any self-respecting Hip Hop Rap playlists. I’d put money on this one.

You can check out Flasho Flow’s latest track Petty which was dropped in April 2018 on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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East meets West in this progressive hip-hop gem

The world is a big place and music has a way of travelling around it very quickly, the speed of sound is so called for a reason! And, particularly in this technological age that we find ourselves in, this leads to some wonderful clashes of culture and melding of musical minds taking place far and wide in this global village we call home. And whilst hip-hop may have once been associated with the tough streets of South Bronx and flavoured by the soul and R&B that was its original reference points now the musical interface is limitless.

Saud represents a real collision of worlds, a blend of east meets west, orient meets occident, borne out by Oh My God’s confident western lyrical flow overlaying some eastern electronic driven musical spice. They say that travel broadens the mind and the same goes for music. If it stays in the neighbourhood soaking up the same references and influenced by the same backdrop and attitudes it stagnates. Music which wanders through other cultures and climes, soaks up new flavours and feelings that is how it moves on. And having said that, Oh My God is a very well travelled track, a veritable musical adventurer beating new musical paths for others to follow.

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CAN – Misunderstood: Female Empowerment Has Never Sounded More Beautiful

I had the pleasure of checking out CAN’s latest track Misunderstood on International Women’s Day, her single proved to be the perfect soundtrack to my day. Into her energetic sound CAN injects a powerful highly resonant empowering hype. If there were more female artists like her around today, I have no doubt that the world would be a better place. With misunderstood The Chicago based Hip Hop Rap artist created a universally relevant anthem for any woman fighting against the constraints inflicted upon them by society. The lyrics serve to inspire women from all walks of life to overcome stereotypes and to appeal to every ambitious woman who has ever struggled with toxic relationships. After just one hit of this dope new track I have no doubt that you’ll be feeling the hype put out there by her diversely eclectic vocal range and ability to orchestrate a synergetic masterpiece of a Hip Hop Rap track. CAN may just be the superhero we’ve all been waiting for.

You can check out the lyric video to CAN’s blinding debut over on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFXn5uOSAKA

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ren – The Timeline: The Raw Comeback Hip Hop Fans Have Been Waiting For

Hip Hop & Rap artist Ren has just dropped his latest single The Timeline off his come-back album ‘The New Cool’, after an 8 year wait it’s about damn time. The way Ren injects his own personality without a hint of futility into his music isn’t something that you hear every day. He sets himself apart from other Rap artists on the scene with his playful, yet dampened beats that ultimately give his vocal diversity the stage.  The momentum around the come-back is palpable you can taste the passion within the delivery as Ren spills out lyrics which are intended to inspire and uplift his fans. If Ren can produce lit tracks like this in his home studio, I’d love to hear what tracks he puts out when he snags that record deal along with the production company (it’s inevitable).

The emerging artist isn’t falling short on notoriety after the release of his latest 10 track album. You can check out the dope new track The Timeline on SoundCloud using the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/user-116990297/1-the-timeline

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kayla – Kayla to the MF J: Poetry and Harmony Combined in a Hard Tempo Hip Hop Cacophony

Kayla has just given me another reason to check out the fresh pool of underground talent in Portland, Oregon. The 22 year old irresistibly talented lyricist has almost unbelievably been creatively inspired by rap since age of 7. I suppose you don’t develop a vocal flow that fierce overnight. Her relentless flow definitely gives her male counterparts a run for their money. She’s come a long way from performing at talent shows to become one of the fiercest contenders in the Rap scene today. Her debut Kayla to the MF J is a thrashing mix of Kayla’s dominant vocals against a harsh Hip Hop beat. After years of taking influence from artists such as Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliot and Kendrick Lamar she was ready to make her contribution to the Hip Hop scene and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Her debut track was founded upon pure poetry, harsh melody and a beautifully brash empowering vocal delivery; there’s a winning combination if I ever heard one.

Kayla’s brand-new single is now available to listen to via Spotify, so go check it out!

https://open.spotify.com/album/5RNwACykK1davxDkZXxQMk

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cliché Beats – Aggressive Dark Dope Piano Trap Beat Instrumental

Can you honestly still recall the last time you listened to an all-nothing-but-the-beats kind of instrumental music? It clearly obvious that don’t quite listen to instrumentals as much as we love to listen to songs from our best music genre.

But what becomes your next line of action when you stumble upon that special kind of instrumental music that gives you 101 reasons why you should shift your interest to listen to some more similar instrumental music?

This song is a cool instrumental music with a well thought out beats that makes discovering instrumental music such as this one not only cool but an easy and a fun thing to do.

This song might probably not be one of your favorite’s instrumental songs but one thing that is pretty certain is this; you’ll definitely be impressed by the cool piano beat that was served up in this song.

If you’re a more of a new age and cool music enthusiast, then the synthetic warmth and soothing feeling that comes along with the sound of this song will definitely help a lot in isolating the exterior noise that lurks around every seconds.

This song is really a very cool instrumental music to listen to.

-Lilian-Debrah

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705 – Put It on Me: A Clash of Cultures

705 is the latest musical venture of a delectably talented underground London based World music artist. It’s almost impossible to deconstruct this track with it’s eclectic base of influences.

The sound behind Put It on Me is packed with pounding momentum as it transgresses through it’s range of styles, encapsulating you in it’s feverish beat which is loosely defined by the Hip Hop, Reggae & R&B genre, influenced by artists such as Tupac, 50 Cent and Michael Jackson amongst 70’s reggae artists to create a playful euphoric sound.

The enigmatic artist has kept on the London underground with his music where he shares his upbeat energy with the crowd curtesy of his afrobeat’s styling which defines his lyrical flow that complements a perfectly rounded beat that rings with synergetic momentum.

Check out the EP 7Heaven via Spotify now:

open.spotify.com/track/49nKtc88OC…JY5D?si=8H1UcQu0

Or head on over to 705’s official website for more information on tours and upcoming releases:

https://www.705beats.com/

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A.C. Is Too Good For You

Just how do you get ahead of the competition in the mainstream dance-pop market? That’s the trick isn’t it? Pitch a sound and a style that is too radical, too out there and whilst you will pick up a few new fans from the fringes and underground scenes, you risk loosing the main target audience. Create a sound which is too similar to the centre of the fashion curve and you risk being lost in the noise of the competition, or worse brandished a copycat act trading on a sound already associate with more established artists.

The clever thing about the enigmatic A.C. is that whilst he very much appeals to the late evening, high – octane dance groove set, he also manages to bring something new to the sound. That the song is infectious goes without saying but with its wonderful use of dynamics to shift the pace and control the mood, it displays a subtle and supple quality that many of his peers lack. Put it this way, in a busy club land district of the hottest scene in town, with music blasting from the venue doorways out into the night time streets, the streets filled with the young, hip and fashionable, this song is going to be the one that draws the coolest movers and shakers to that club’s dance floor. Some music hooks you, some is addictive, Too Good For You is nothing less than contagious.

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Rig Veda – Hymn In The Cut – Thrilling Sonic Experimentation With A Kaleidoscopic Feel

Rig Veda is a talented artist with a forward-thinking approach to electronic music. His sound is lush, atmospheric and dense, focusing on creating stunning melodic patterns and sophisticated rhythmic layers. Rig Veda’s recent release is an EP titled “Hymn In The Cut”. The project actually features five original compositions, which highlight the artist’s diverse approach, stretching out towards different creative direction. The sound of these tracks make me think of artists as diverse as Flying Lotus or Jon Hopkins, just to mention a few.

The mellow, haunting atmospheres of these songs certainly make for a fully immersive listening experience, taking the audience through a sonic journey, where many unexpected elements collide tastefully and beautifully. From swirly synth arpeggios to pad drones and cool drum samples, the songs on “Hymn In The Cut” are all about creating deep and far-reaching sonic ambiance to get lost in! The stunning cover artwork of the EP is an example of classy, tasteful visual minimalism,and it certainly fits well within this particular musical context.

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LouKnew Drops His Insane Vision Of Modern Hip-Hop

I seem to have been bombarding recently with whole raft of bands  that fall into the broad hip-hop/rap spectrum and who claim to be really pushing the boundaries of what the genre can be as we move forward into a new era. Most, however, have been the sonic equivalent of dropping a hand grenade into the middle of the listener’s expectations and then trying to rearrange the debris into new and pleasing shapes. Sure, you really shake things up, and then some, but you also find that the result is normally, well…a total disaster.

LouKnew has a much more consistent approach. Insanity is the sound of urban music being intensified, inwardly focused, distilled to its essentials and then used to build a dark rap meets dystopian hip-hop sound…now there’s a new concept. The beat and bounce of the music has enough groove to satisfy the mainstream but it is the back streets that he wanders, collecting unexpected musical details and re-appropriating other genres that make him stand apart from his chart-focused competition. He blends trippy electronica, pulsing beats and bass lines, found sounds and fairly progressive structures into his dark urban groove.

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