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The Scottish communist wordsmith Jamão Dos Santos hit a home run with his genre-bending debut rap track, Tarzan

Jamão Dos Santos made a bold entrance into the music scene with his debut single Tarzan, an audacious piece that mirrors his self-proclaimed identity as a “Scottish communist wordsmith.” Right from the start, the single is a captivating blend of cultural sounds, with Dos Santos’ Scottish lyrical diction providing a gripping contrast to the rhythmic foundation of the track. It’s a fascinating juxtaposition that’s as striking as it is unexpected.

Musically, ‘Tarzan’ is a robust tapestry woven with exotic Eastern rhythms, giving it an almost mystical allure. Yet, it’s grounded by a decidedly garagey edge—a gritty, dub-heavy backbeat that anchors the song’s more ethereal elements. The single wouldn’t be out of place in a smoky underground club or a festival stage, appealing to a wide range of listeners with its genre-blending bravado.

There’s a clear stylistic flair shared with Lyran Dasz, hinting at a musical kinship that thrives on innovation and eclecticism. Dos Santos’ approach is fiery and distinctive, ensuring that Tarzan is not just a song but a statement. In an unexpected twist, ‘Tarzan’ also serves as an homage to the world of footballer worship. The lyrical narrative becomes a powerful metaphor for survival and triumph, resonating with the song’s primal energy and raw passion.

It’s an assertive first step for an artist unafraid to show his roots while simultaneously branching out into the rich soil of global musical influences. This track is not just heard; it’s felt as a resonating declaration of Dos Santos’ arrival on the music scene.

Stream Tarzan on Spotify and follow the artist on Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Young Corrupt’s latest feat of mellow hip hop ‘Lost Faces’ will leave you lusting for the simple life.

With their hard-hitting approach to hazy lyrical Hip Hop, it comes as no surprise that Young Corrupt has been able to amass plenty of hype with their honest, gritty and confrontational tracks since making their relatively recent debut.

If you’re yet to be acquainted with Young Corrupt’s lyrical wit, their mellow vibeout playlist staple ‘Lost Faces’ will prove to be the perfect introduction. The beats follow sensual grooves, while Young Corrupt adds plenty of energy to the  mix through their strident Rap bars which paint the plaintive struggles of 21st century romance and leave you yearning for the simple life.

You can check out Lost Faces (prod. Blev) for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Lyrical rap luminary CIV delivers adrenalizing gritty poetry in ‘Hero’

There’s clever lyrical wordplay, then there’s the fiercely meta linguistic tussling which you’ll find in the Bronx, NY-hailing rap artist, CIV’s latest album ‘Glitched Tapes Vol.1’.

Wit and intellect run rampant through each single, but the perfect introduction to CIV’s relentlessly ingenious style is ‘Hero’.

Energetic beats which marry old school gangster rap with contemporary electronic hip hop blaze behind the bars which are a gift which keeps on giving. Hero is a track which you’ll want to hit play on until you know the lyrics well enough not to let them catch you off-guard with the gritty, clever charisma-dripping creativity.

On the basis of Hero, I can’t imagine that CIV gets invited to all too many rap battles through fear of annihilation.

You can check out CIV’s single, Hero, for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast