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Laz – Heaven All Day: Hip Hop to Take You to A New Aural Plateau

It’s indisputable that Laz’s latest single “Heaven All Day” contains some of the purest hypnotic world-inspired beats in Hip Hop right now. The potency of the beat behind his latest single goes far beyond what you’d expect from your average Rap artist. The fluidity of the rhythm comes up against the light trickling digital arrangements to provide one of the cathartic soundscapes you’ve potentially ever heard serving as a platform to his quick-fire lyrical style. Whilst the production made it a little hard to clearly follow the flow of his lyrics in some parts, that’s only a minor flaw which is soon rectified through the resoundingly arresting French verses which Laz uses to help draw the track to a close.

If you’re looking for some vibe hits you can check out Laz’s latest single Heaven All Day for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Siti Slicka – So What: High-Fire Hip Hop Beats

With his ability to wax lyrical and use his elastic lyrical flex to create one of the most rhythmically on point Hip Hop singles we’ve heard in a while, it’s safe to say Siti Slicka is firmly on our radar.

The up and coming artist’s latest single “So What” is a smooth, yet simultaneously hyped New Wave Trap mix. Yet, one thing that separates Siti Slicka miles apart from the myriad of other New Wave Trap artists clogging up the radio waves is the Miami-based artist’s charismatic approach to his bars. You can hear the raw, uncompromised passion which runs through every line of So What which serves as an angsty offering of existentialism. Never before has a track about the uncertainty and injustice of life has hit harder through a Hip Hop track. Once So What has faded to a close you’re left sobered by the sentiment.

You can check out Siti Slicka’s latest single So What for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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DAM Primo – Casanova: The Smoothest Hip Hop You’ll Hear This Year

If Jazz-infused Hip Hop is your bag, prepare to be left enamoured by DAM Primo’s latest drop “Casanova” which was released on November 20th. The Chicago-based urban artist and engineer has cooked up an absolute storm with his ambiently fluid mix produced by DexLVL. With the up and coming artist’s influences ranging from Kanye West to John Lennon, it really is no surprise that his distinctive style is barely comparable to any other Rap artist around right now. The jazzy Hip Hop instrumentals are so light they’re almost transcendental. But in contrast, DAM Primo’s rap bars could only be described as relentlessly charismatic. There was absolutely no restraint when it came to delivering the commandingly fresh vocals which any fan of RZA is sure to appreciate.

You can check out the official video to DAM Primo’s latest single Casanova for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Keep up to date with the artist’s latest mixes via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Joyland Byrd – None of a Kind: Lyrically Wounding Hip Hop

“None of a Kind” may be one of the most devastatingly self-deprecating track titles I’ve ever come across. Whilst it’s rarely palatable to swallow up self-aggrandization in the form of Hip Hop, Joyland Byrd’s complete lack of awareness of how his beats knock the majority of Rap artists out of the water is tragic in a totally different way. If you have the ability to produce beats as fresh as None of a Kind which set right on the contemporary curve whilst at the same showing prodigal flair, it’s safe to say you’re more ‘one of a kind’ than most of the population.

As you can expect, there’s plenty of emotive weight in the lyrics to the track. Byrd verses through his Trap style bars which run with minimal reverb to leave his vocals raw enough to make the sentiment resonate that little bit harder. The multi-layer, mid-tempo beat runs the usual smacks and snares of a Trap beat, yet bringing the melody is a sweet, light and harmonious synth melody.

You can check out the official music video to Joyland Byrd’s latest drop None of a Kind by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Caszoul – Ride or Die: An Urban Aural Ultimatum

Strap yourselves in and prepare for the salacious tones of Caszoul’s latest single “Ride or Die”. Despite the rather ominous ultimatum in the track title, the romantically-soaked soundscape carries no threats of murder, just a sweetly orchestrated offering of wistful longing and the anxiety-inducing prospect of loss.

With no use for vocal effects, Cazsoul’s vocals resonate cleanly and clearly throughout the solidly constructed track which was just one of the tracks to feature on the up and coming NYC-based singer, musician and producer’s latest EP “Vibes Don’t Lie”. Given the mesmeric grooves he packs into his contemporarily styled mixes, it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about vibes. The trap style beat is kept light and melodically smooth to make Ride or Die a perfect addition to any downtempo playlist.

You can check out Ride or Die which was released on November 9th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bubba Ken’s Melodically Expressive Ambient Hip Hop Single

With a title like “I’m Fake as Fuck”, the last thing you come to expect is a melodic, downtempo ambient Hip Hop mix. Yet, it would seem that the up and coming Rap artist Bubba Ken is full of aurally immersive surprises. With his verses which flow as seamlessly as spoken word poetry, his style packs in all of the appeal of artists such as George the Poet.  Hip Hop fans expect to hear amplified levels of aggression from Rap artists, yet, the sentiment hits home even harder through soft and sonorous verses. I can’t help but be left enamoured by the San Francisco-based artist’s prodigally ingenious and infinitely appealing approach to the genre. And I have no doubt that I won’t be the only one.

You can check out I’m Fake as Fuck produced by Canis Major for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hiigh Society – Double Cup: A New Strain of Hip Hop

Were Hip Hop Rap artist Hiigh Society so high when they come up with their artist name, they didn’t notice the extra ‘I’? The jury is still out on that one, either way, their latest single “Double Cup” is more than a worthy addition to your soundtrack to intoxication. The melodic multi-layer beat is full of tonality thanks to the guitar rhythms which sit behind the relentless trap beats which rattle and snare over the rich harmony over the progressions whilst Hiigh Society verses his rhythmically raw bars. The midtempo pacing of Double Cup combined with the pitch-perfect mastering of the single makes the debut single from Hiiigh Society more than a song you listen to, it’s a track that you slip into thanks to the ambient resonance of the seamlessly constructed beat.

You can check out Hiigh Society’s debut single Double Cup for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Gautiyé is Set to Release His Latest Rhythmically Resonant EP “Heads ¥ Tails”

I can’t help but feel that Gautiyé did something absolutely genius with his latest two track EP “Heads ¥ Tails”. Just as a coin has two faces, so does Gautiyé. Whilst many Hip Hop artists are all too keen to show us their extroverted sides, very few are willing to show what’s on the other side of the coin and that’s exactly what Gautiyé has done with his latest release.

The London-based, Paris-born artist infuses his energetic Hip Hop style with elements of R&B, Dancehall, and Reggae to create an infectiously up-vibe soundscape full of eccentric flavour.

The Heads ¥ Tails EP will be released November 19th 2018, until then, you can keep up to date with all the latest news on Gautiyé’s releases by following via Facebook and checking out his Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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AUS10’s – Who Really: A Rapid-Fire Hip Hop Drop

Off the heels of his debut 2017 album “Where It Started” up and coming Hip Hop Rap artist AUS10 has dropped yet another stellar production with his latest single “Who Really”. Whilst the delivery of his bars could only be described as relentlessly commanding, the beat behind the track is an entirely different story. The subtle Hip Hop mix is kept light, melodic and almost transient and acts as the perfect platform for AUS10 to lay down his rapid fire lyrics on. Whilst it may have been a little hard to comfortably keep up with the lyrics to the track, his vocal style added plenty of energy to Who Really to ensure that after you’ve heard it, you won’t forget about his unapologetically authoritative style.

You can check out AUS10’s latest single Who Really by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cw Allen – Do Wit It: Expressively Experimental Hip Hop

If you’re looking for an urban mix which serves up a fresh beat alongside the intelligently minded lyrics, you’re in luck. Chicago-based Rap artist Cw Allen’s latest single “Do Wit It” packs in plenty of rhythm to roll with and plenty more sentiment to sink your teeth into.

Straight from the first verse his playful approach to Hip Hop hits you and by the time the smoothly resonant mix fades out, you’re left enamoured by his soulfully anthemic approach. Whilst there are many up and coming Hip Hop artists creating mixes to open our eyes to the disparity around us, with Cw Allen’s subtle approach, you’re not left feeling like you’re drowning in existential dread. The commentary is there, yet, his command of rhythm steals the show.

You can check out Cw Allen’s single Do Wit It for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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