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Udoka Malachi – Purple Sky Sunday: Dreamily Distorted Vibe-Out Alt Hip Hop

Alt Hip Hop artist Udoka Malachi served up a delectable genre-mashing urban hit with their latest single “Purple Sky Sunday” which dropped on September 20th.

With elements of Lo-Fi Indie, 90s Grunge, RnB, Pop and Hip Hop weaved into the mix, you’ll get a multi-faceted hit of aural nostalgia, but at its core, Purple Sky Sunday is an immensely fresh track. Every evolving progression will leave you more in awe of the artist’s unapologetically bold experimentalism. The best part? None of the accessibility was hindered despite the devilish aural curveballs thrown into the ambient vibe-out mix.

The lyrical melody to Purple Sky Sunday has stuck to my synapses like superglue and the dreamy distorted guitars ensured that the track stole a significant proportion of my soul.

You can check out Udoka Malachi’s release Purple Sky Sunday via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Trap Meets Alt Rock in Hazy’s Melodically Entrancing Indie Hip Hop Track “Thousand Suns”

Usually, you need to choose between atmospheric mesmerism and melodic entrancement when it comes to Indie Hip Hop, but with up and coming artist Hazy’s latest release “Thousand Suns”, you’re treated to both in equal measure.

The Alt Hip Hop track sweeps across an emotional smorgasbord in Thousand Suns which starts as a slow meandering entry into the captivating hit which unravels through the perfect blend of Trap, Pop and Alt Rock. If you thought that Linkin Park’s contribution to Hip Hop was evocative, you may need to strap yourselves in for an emotional bruising. The sincerity stings and the lyrics are practically meta poetry.

You can check out Hazy’s latest single Thousand Suns via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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BagDadLean & Slutty Jordie rip the mic on the new Hip Hop single ‘Jackwoods’

BagDadLean & Slutty Jordie give us a life lesson about ladies and 420 here on their new Hip Hop track called ‘Jackwoods‘.

BagDadLean is a young Midwest artist that is very versatile as he can rap and switch it up to an R&B number all in the same song. This is a rare skill that is often not done well. He does however impress on this new track that is only his 2nd even release on Spotify. With lots of hunger and aspirations to be as massive as Drake, this is an ambitious emcee and singer with big dreams. I love this confidence, going for the top is the way forward.

This is all about being careful with the ladies. You need to find a loyal lady otherwise if you end up with the wrong one, she will suck your bank account dry and then vanish like the cleaning product. The beat is so laid back and stoner style, with the deep voices and you feel the smoke filled energy in the air.

BagDadLean & Slutty Jordie show us their skill set on the new ‘Jackwoods‘ single that is a winner in the Hip Hop playlists all over the world. If they can keep consistent and focus on getting their music out there, there is a chance they could make it massive.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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ACIZM, Evil Ebenezer & C-Lance step up with the quality ‘Don’t Leave Me Hanging’

ACIZM, Evil Ebenezer & C-Lance step up to the mic with the quality ‘Don’t Leave Me Hanging‘ that gives us such an awe-inspiring single for 2020.

ACIZM is a hip hop artist from Brisbane in sunny Australia who’s hard hitting topics are mixed with a flow and writing style that is both technical and extremely lyrical. This style has earned him some pretty major accolades including a song featuring the legendary B-Real of Cypress Hill and Slaine of La Coka Nostra fame.

The Vancouver-based emcee Evil Ebenezer has shared the stage with internationally recognized names such as A$AP Rocky, Tech N9ne, Raekwon just to name a few. His dope flow is masterful and the Canadian rapper is on the rise.

Excellent producer C-Lance has made a tight beat here and you can see why he is so well respected in the game.

These three work so well as a team together and this is a fine song all about friendships that can sometimes become blurred when people let you down, they leave you behind when things should be different. ‘Don’t Leave Me Hanging‘ from ACIZM, Evil Ebenezer & C-Lance is a hauntingly beautiful track with grit and tread. The wheels roll with high speed here and this is a song to listen to again and again.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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NYC artist Micky impresses on new trap track ‘Northstar’

US emcee Micky is back with the trap filled new single for ‘Northstar‘.

Michael Persall, better known by his artist name Micky is a regular name in the vibrant New York City’s live music scene. His latest single and video Northstar’ impresses highly by taking us on a unique journey that reminds us all of the value of hope, resilience and hard work. This is such an inspirational tale and I love the beat here.

When asked to describe the inspiration behind the track, Michael tells us that;

“Northstar is about my journey these past few years living as an artist and entrepreneur in music tech. The line in the song ‘Northstar never lost sight through the movement’ speaks to the challenges building a company and career as an artist, and developing the patience to learn from failure and stay focused on moving forward despite the setbacks.”

The visuals to ‘Northstar’, cleverly echo Micky’s sentiments of building oneself from the ground up with his choice of a VHS-Esque, home-video style treatment that gives off an organic, rough and ready feel. The video is filled with seemingly self-shot footage of the artist followed by flashing, glitch-like lyric overlay, which further adds to the grittiness of the self-made entrepreneur’s song and its meaning. This type of style is taking off as artists have learnt new skills in lockdown while gigs were unavailable due to the tragic pandemic.

Northstar’ is the cool, synthy, trap-pop number that’ll act as the lead single for Micky’s upcoming six-track mixtape of the same title.  This will also mark the launch of Micky’s, Northstar Records, an independent label and management company that works with cause-driven talent. With lots on the go, you can see this artist going all the way in the game. You have to have grit.

This is a fantastic song with lots of new school energy and Micky is a new name to watch.

Click here for the Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Dark Hip Hop with meaning on ‘Killthetrendy’ from LA rapper Trakcixs

Killthetrendy‘ from Trakcixs is the new dark indie Hip Hop track that aims to change the mindset and listeners out there in the world.

Trakcixs is a new Hip-Hop artist on the LA scene, breaking through cookie cutter and the mass-produced sounds of today. His alias is an abbreviation for ‘Truth Reformed As Konflict Composed Into X-treme Sounds’ and his motto KILLTHETRENDY – as referenced in this new song, aims to bring forth an idea he feels is lacking in today’s industry, that of fighting back the celebration of the superficial.

Influenced by Hip Hop, Punk and Funk, Trakcixs cites Rage Against The Machine, Black Death, Bad Brains and Suicidal Tendencies as some of the inspirational acts that led him to blend the original sound he creates right now. This is an emcee who likes to be different and make music that isn’t all corny and laced in cheesy sauce. While that is good for some food, when it comes to Hip Hop, the idea is the be original. This thought process has somehow gotten lost on the way which is a shame.

Killthetrendy‘ from Trakcixs is a call to avoid the trendy music out there and this message is to be celebrated. This is a talented wordsmith who is tired of the same rubbish on the radio. He wants to be different and inspire a new generation.

Stream here to hear this awesome track on Spotify.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Sinner-X provides your 420 fix with “Ohhh Maryjane”

Sinner-X has released the ultimate stoner anthem with their latest single “Ohhh Maryjane”. The Indie Hip Hop hit is a rhythmically sweet reminder to find gratitude for the substance which possesses the propensity to strip away pain and replace it with tranquillity.

The absorbing acoustic guitar notes weave around the Trap beats to create stunning melodies which Sinner-X lays his harmonically amorous crooning vocals upon. It’s officially the sincerest love song I’ve heard in 2020 so far. Fans of Post Malone and Yelawolf will undoubtedly want to make it a staple of their vibe-out playlists.

You can check out Ohhh Maryjane for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Arthur Pri¢e is on lyrical fire in their latest Ambient Indie Hip Hop single “Witnesses”  

Up and coming Hip Hop artist Arthur Pri¢e dropped the official music video to their latest single Witnesses on July 19th. With a sound which sits right on the contemporary curve, the smooth grind of the beats and the flawless production, any fans of downtempo Hip Hop will want to indulge themselves.

You can’t help but lock into Arthur Pri¢e’s introspectively deep Rap bars which offer as much connectable resonance as they do wit. I’ll never get tired of hearing Rap bars which show that Rap and poetry are two sides of the same coin. There’s an incredibly refreshing sense that Arthur Pri¢e held nothing back when penning the powerful perfectly metered lyrics.

From start to finish, Witness is a mesmerizingly immersive track. The instrumentals may be stripped back, but the ambient grooves behind Arthur Pri¢e’s bars prove to be an alchemic combination.

You can check out the official music video to Arthur Pri¢e’s single Witnesses via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dan B. and Zorenzo teamed up to cook up a powerfully sobering feat of Indie RnB Hip Hop “Please”

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After a string of successful singles, up and coming US Rap artist Dan B. has dropped a firestorm of a hit with his latest release “Please” featuring Zorenzo.

Every time I hear a contemporary track tackling current issues, I feel my perspectives shift. After hearing Please, my perspective took a seismic transposition. The slow and evocatively compelling feat of RnB Hip Hop is sure to hit a nerve if you have a shred of empathy left Their sobering introspection which shows just how deeply systemic racism is ingrained within our society will leave you grounded, but Please is anything but your usual morose RnB single. It’s empowering, it’s comforting, and importantly it’s educational.

I’m not ashamed to say that I couldn’t make it to the end of the mix with dry eyes. The stunning Alt-Rock instrumentals which lay down absorbing riffs behind the solid structure of the drumbeats are the perfect sweetener to this sobering hit.

There’s also plenty to say about the poetic air to Dan B.’s lyrics. I could tell you all about it, but you’ve got ears. You can check out Dan B.’s latest single Please which dropped on June 17th for yourselves via apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lavi$h teamed up with LL$ and Oladiupo Ogunmola to create their hazily trippy Indie Hip Hop debut single “Melodies”

For their debut single “Melodies”, breaking Rap artist Lavi$h teamed up with LL$ & Oladiupo Ogunmola to create a freshly dynamic accessible Hip Hop hit. The tones are intoxicating, and the vibe couldn’t be sweeter.

The melodically trippy feat of downtempo Hip Hop practically demands a spot on your vibe out playlists from the first listen. The polished yet hazy production is all too easy to sink into while the vocals ensure that you’re treated to a track which boasts a smorgasbord of progressive immersive appeal.

There’s plenty of soul projected in the mix, but that didn’t mean that Lavi$h had to hold back on the amount of attitude poured into the slick contemporary drop.

You can check out Melodies for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast