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Makk – Empty Bottles: Dark Verses Over Even Darker Beats

Empty Bottles is the latest sobering Hip Hop drop from up and coming Rap artist Makk. As soon as the beat kicks in, you start to feel that pensive twang of melancholy and that only intensifies when Makk starts to lay down his almost spoken word poetry Rap bars. By the time the track had ran through, I felt as though I had swallowed a piece of Makk’s soul. His rhythmic bars prove the level of ingenuity that went into his single from his 2018 album; it takes guts for a Rap artist to come out and produce a track as gritty and raw as Empty Bottles. No one likes to admit their mental state has a fragile side, but I’m so glad there’s artists like Makk on the scene pouring real human emotion into the mic.

You can check out Makk’s latest Hip Hop track Empty Bottles on SoundCloud now along with the other tracks from his standout album ‘Confession’. Once you listen to the album unfold, it’s quite evident why Makk chose the title. The catharsis he felt through his channel of expression in this album is audible in each of the ten tracks.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Wise Bloods – Never Given it Away: The Roots of Reggae Infused with the Hype of Hip Hop

If Reggae isn’t one of the main features of your summertime playlists, then you’re pretty much doing it all wrong. The Wise Bloods have just dropped their latest single Never Given it Away just in time for all the lucky Reggae fans that like to soak up a little Soul with their Summer anthems.

Never Given it Away is a blinding cross over between Reggae and Hip Hop, it packs quite the punch with the roots and rhythm which is served up by the bouncing high-vibe beat which is driven by the instrumental licks of the guitar and bass which set up the perfect Reggae Ska style melody. If the aural alchemy on the track doesn’t move you, then the lyrics definitely will.

Despite the Wise Bloods never giving it away, they were kind enough to let you listen to their latest single for free on Soundcloud along with the rest of their 2018 EP ‘Emergence’.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Shemy and Alex Kidd – Let It All Out: Wax Lyrical Hip Hop Pop

I have no doubt in my mind that younger audiences will absolutely devour Shemy and Alex Kidd’s latest 2018 single Let It All Out, although it has to be said, I don’t believe it’s for everyone. There comes a point in your life when it becomes a little unacceptable to listen to tracks about getting wasted and that’s probably after you get out of the death grips of the 27 club.

Before I digress any further, the hype that Shemy and Alex Kidd poured into their latest single is absolutely euphoric deserves the highest praise possible. The lyricism used within Let It All Out paints the portrait of the perfect summer and the beat creates the synergy to help you embrace that summer vibe. The synthy prelude to the track almost set you up to believe that you were about to be treated to some 80’s synth Pop, then you’re hit by the artists contrasting vocal styles; the melodic vocals with the rap bars create one hell of a contemporary Hip Hop mix.

You can check out Shemy and Alex Kidd’s latest track Let It All Out on Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Doebrei – Dreamz: The Ultimate Mr Sandman Remix?

It seems pretty apt that a Hip Hop track called Dreamz is ridiculously dreamy, yet Doebrei’s track is more than just your average Dream Wave track, for a start, he samples Mr Sandman which has to be one of the most captivating tracks ever recorded. It may not seem the obvious choice for a Hip Ho Rap artist to utilise music that was recorded back in 1954, but his ingenuity isn’t something that went unappreciated.

Whilst the progression of the track isn’t totally seamless, his playful approach to mixing demonstrates that he’s not just there to put out the same old Trap mixes as everyone else on the scene. In a way, the drawn out progressions and slides make this track even more captivating as you embrace the unpredictability of the mix. I think it will take me a while before I forget harsh snares and inventive Rap bars that were laid over the haunting archaic mix.

You can check out Dreamz which was released in June 2018 on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Jovian – Nascar: Charismatically Flawless R&B Hip Hop

He’s got the style, he’s got the charisma, he’s got the beats and now Jovian is the proud owner of one of the most beautifully melodic R&B Hip Hop tracks which has been dropped this year. It was the lyricism in Jovian’s latest tack Nascar which really caught my attention, his elastic wit of the irrefutably talented up and coming artist allowed him to create ridiculously catchy verses. Anyone who verses about Game of Thrones is a winner in my book.
The prelude to the track is reminiscent of what you’d hear contained within an old black and white film soundtrack however around the lifted high-vibe beat it adds a creeping haunting energy which somehow translates as pure hype.  If I had to pick one flaw within the track I’d have to say I didn’t really ‘get’ the whole nascar concept behind Jovian’s latest track, whilst there was a fair offering of metaphorical lyricism pertaining to the theme it was still somewhat lost on me. Then again, so has the Arctic Monkey’s latest album concept.

You can check out the official music video to Jovian’s latest single Nascar on YouTube now or head on over to Jovian’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lord Cyph – Let Em Know: Lucidly Hot Hip Hop

With his latest drop ‘Let Em Know’ up & coming recording artist Lord Cyph created a mesmerizingly momentous mix which any fans of Drake, Kendrick Lamar & Lil Peep will absolutely adore. If there was this much hype in every Hip Hop Rap track Cyph would be in trouble, thankfully the resounding energy that was poured into Let Em Know really isn’t something that you’ll stumble across every day. I won’t be forgetting it in a hurry either.

The production quality on the track created a radio ready Rap hit that I have no doubt will gain Lord Cyph the notoriety he deserves. His fierce yet fluid bars flow with an almost dizzying amount of charisma around the multi-layer beat which was deftly produced by Sez. Each level of the Trap infused beat sat at the perfect level around the grounding basslines of Let Em Know.

You can check out Lord Cyph’s insanely hot Hip Hop track which dropped in May 2018 on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Guarave – Revival: Who Knew an Infusion of Hip Hop & Shoegaze Could Sound So Sweet?

When you first hit play on a Hip Hop Rap track, you don’t expected to be greeted by a jangly guitar riff so I was pleasantly surprised to listen to Guarave’s latest single Revival unfold around the constant upbeat licks of the guitar which lingers in the background of the Trap style low-tempo beat.

If you’re a fan of Banks & Steelz, you will absolutely adore Guarave’s single whilst the production quality wasn’t quite on par with the Experimental Hip Hop icons, the style and sensibility most definitely was. Guarave’s lyrics constantly switch as the track progresses, whilst his Rap verses may have not been the strongest, it’s hard not to appreciate his more melodic vocal offerings which sit so succinctly above the pop of the guitar.

If you’re looking for a track to vibe out to then head on over to Soundcloud where you can check out Guarave’s track Revival. Hip Hop & Shoegaze fans alike, you’re probably going to want to thank me for the recommendation afterwards.

To keep up to date with Guarave’s latest releases head on over to Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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