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Macho Mil – Old Ways: The Ultimate Vibe-Out Hip Hop Playlist Essential

“Old Ways” is one of the recently released singles from the prolific Hip Hop production machine Macho Mil. Despite their artist title, there’s no hint of the usual toxic bravado in their tracks or lyricism. Instead, Old Ways is a poignant and humbling reflection on the past from a position of success. I have no doubt that plenty of people will be able to find resonance within the track which comes with a flow which is all too easy to get swept up in.

The intricate Hip Hop beats contain plenty of experimental effect as the rhythmic momentum ebbs and flows, but once this track kicks into a verse it offers waves of ambience making it the perfect track for your vibe out Hip Hop playlists

You can check out Macho Mil’s single Old Ways for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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$outhern – Bat Mobile: Hypnotically Transient Jazz-Laced Hip Hop

Houston, TX-based artist $outhern’s latest mix “Bat Mobile” is potentially the purest hit of catharsis you could get from modern Hip Hop. Even though the smacks of the drum pads aren’t without reverberant flavour, they do little to disturb the unrelentingly transient flow of Bat Mobile.

The up and coming artist got extremely inventive with Bat Mobile by allowing the track to fade out as though you were listening to it underwater leaving you with the desperate compulsion to still let the notes in the mainly instrumental mix resonate until the notes completely disappear.

There’s little room to wonder why $outhern hasn’t failed to amass plenty of attention around their Jazz-infused tracks which should probably come with the warning not to listen to them while you’re driving. Immersion is non-optional when it comes to the alchemically alluring single which sets $outhern apart with plenty distinction.

You can stream and download $outhern’s single Bat Mobile for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Conscious Tone offers pure urban poetry with their latest single “Blame Me”

The prelude to Conscious Tone’s latest single “Blame Me” prepares you for a heavy track, but there’s no anticipating the lyrical weight which hits you as you listen to the potently passionate R&B Hip Hop Rap single unfold. Even though the lyrics are a little hard to keep up with from the listen, that just leaves you with the compulsion to hit repeat on the track which offers commanding virile poetry.

Blame Me is the first track to be released from Conscious Tone’s upcoming EP, it is safe to say that we’re already more than excited to hear what will follow. Considering that most artists struggle to offer such candid lyricism, the raw human emotion in Blame Me is as striking as it gets and it’s incredibly commendable. The lyrics and vocals are paired with a moody electronic progressive soundscape, which moves from a tantalising Indie Dreampop sound into a solid Trap mix which is constantly dominated by Conscious Tone’s feverish versing.

You can check out Conscious Tone’s single Blame Me for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ellbow – HMU ft. Ramon: Nostalgia Inducing Sun-Soaked R&B Hip Hop

If you like plenty of lyrical fire behind your contemporary R&B Hip Hop tracks, prepare to be enamoured by up and coming recording artist Ellbow’s latest EP “Summer Solstice”.

The 6-track EP is a release which boasts the rare ability to invoke nostalgic memories of summers which seemed simpler and sunnier while at the same time leaving you suitably uplifted thanks to Ellbow’s uniquely energetic and playful vocals.

Each track on the EP is as vibrant and soulful as the last, yet, the best introduction to Ellbow’s rhythmically rendered restoratively sweet sound is “HMU (GodsBstrdChild)”. HMU welcomed Rap artist Ramon into the mix to deliver the more commanding bars, while Ellbow’s vocals offered plenty of melodic harmony.

You can check out Ellbow’s single along with the rest of their EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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GR3YWXLF’s new Hip Hop release “MAD” explores the darker, grimier side of Rap

Up and coming London-based Hip Hop Rap artist GR3YWXLF is back with their new release “MAD”, but as usual, their new release offers a completely different urban dynamic. This time GR3YWXLF has offered a bass-driven Grime-infused Trap mix and it is undoubtedly their standout track so far.

Stormzy may be getting all the glory at Glastonbury, yet GR3YWXLF shares the same ability to orchestrate rhythmically flawless commanding tracks which still contain their authentic playful charisma. While lyrical repetition can be hit or miss, there’s no denying that in MAD it’s effective with the line “why you so mad” – it’s ingeniously antagonistic.

MAD is due for release on July 5th, you’ll be able to check it out for yourselves via SoundCloud, in the meantime, check out the artist’s earlier release and share in the hype of the new drop from one of London’s most exciting names in Hip Hop.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Perry Ripley – Rain in My Eyes: Morosely Masterful Alt Hip Hop

“Rain in My Eyes” is the stunningly atmospheric single from up and coming recording artist Perry Ripley who has seamlessly blended elements of Post Punk, Indie, R&B, and Hip Hop to create a melancholically pioneering track which you won’t forget about in a hurry.

As the layers of reverb envelop you, the snaring hits of the drum pads feed you the rhythm as Perry Ripley lays down his almost phantasmic vocals. If Rain in My Eyes moved a slower tempo it would be almost static, yet the creeping pace of the single allows the lyrically poetic lines to truly resonate.

You can check out the official music video Perry Ripley’s latest single Rain in My Eyes which was released on June 17th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Young Dalliance releases their second smoothly cathartic R&B Hip Hop single “When I Try”

“When I Try” is the second single from up and coming Hip Hop artist Young Dalliance who keeps his tracks smooth, raw, lyrically rhythmic, and ultimately flawless.

Catharsis isn’t offered by Hip Hop all too regularly, but the infusion of Jazz into the downtempo single along with elements of R&B, When I Try becomes so incredibly easy to listen to.

The instrumentals simply ooze warmth and immersive texture while creating the perfect platform for Young Dalliance’s evenly tempered vocals. Rap artists regularly verse about succeeding, but When I Try is an incredibly humbling, authentically atmospheric aural experience which you won’t forget in a hurry. If there were more artists like Young Dalliance who aren’t afraid to show their humanity in their tracks, the airwaves would be a much better place.

You can check out Young Dalliance’s single When I Try for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Yes Please – New Friends: A Hip Hop Pop Attack on Sycophants

Up and coming Hip Hop Pop artist Yes Please dropped their recent single “New Friends” to address a prevalent issue which will no doubt resonate with many creatives.

From the first impression, it may seem like yet another self-aggrandized track, but once you come to appreciate the fact that they called out sycophants in a beautifully brutal fashion, prepare to be enamoured by the honesty weaved into the stylistic track.

New Friends highlights the fact that it isn’t the money or the fame which change artists, Yes Please flipped it around and pointed out the way people interact with musicians’ changes – yet the blame gets put on the artists themselves. Yes Please may contain some strong lyrics, but that doesn’t detract from the vibrant energy which is poured into the beats creating a visceral hit which despite the ingenuity remains incredibly accessible.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Prepare for Baseless Preconceptions to be Smashed with Dawish Khush’s Rap Single “Blakkk Man”

If you appreciate Hip Hop which takes the disparity and suffering in contemporary society and turns it on its head through a feat of lyrical ingenuity, prepare to adore up and coming Rap artist Dawish Khush’s single “Blakkk Man”.

The single is just one of the sobering, thought compelling tracks found on Dawish Khush’s 2018 album “Khuture” which contains 18 short and sweet tracks to challenge your preconceptions. Music has always played an essential role in helping people to figure out the world. Blakkk Man proves how absolutely ridiculous it is for people to still carry baseless preconceptions through a playfully antagonistic single. The beats are kept Old School and understated while Dawish Khush’s bars lead the way through the powerful mix.

You can check out Dawish Khush’s album Khuture for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MathewMatical releases their latest rhythmically hypnotic Hip Hop Rap track “FLASHBACKS”

If you’re looking for an ingenious offering of lyrical waxing to an old school Hip Hop beat, look no further than MathewMatical’s latest single “FLASHBACKS” which was released on June 14th, 2019.

Straight from the first verse, you know that FLASHBACKS will be worth the investment. Instead of just scratching at the surface of superficiality with the lyricism, MathewMatical offers some poignant narrations on the 21st century along with plenty of urban poetry which sits seamlessly in the mix. Producer EpikBeats clearly has a deft hand when it comes to mixing rhythmically hypnotic Hip Hop. There may be plenty of experimental effects thrown into FLASHBACKS, but it still carries plenty of commercial potential.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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