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Barrio Boyz Bring Together Eras Of Hip Hop With ‘Sidekicks’

With hip hop’s current love affairs with tight, crisp beats and wobbling basses, many wonder how sterile things will get before we bring back the spacious strong low end that has made so many hits bounce forth from the radio to the dancefloor. Kaysuane & Tommy2Phone have teamed up to bring us a track that brings together eras of hip hop for a brief and heartfelt track with Sidekicks.

Sidekicks is produced by RanVanDam, who certainly knows how to treat a bassline. The song feels full despite the modern touches of thin, heavily compressed drum samples. This combination works surprisingly well and the synth pads adorning the top-end of the mix provide plenty of good pitches to keep things melodic while the bass bounces and the drums move. This is a song that you can dance to, but that’s not all it has to offer. This is all ignoring the incredibly strong vocal performances that reverberate and auto-tune around a combination of influences ranging from gangsta rap to R&B. This is a song that brings together artists and can be expected to bring together people as well.

James Ghareeb Debuts New Single ‘Do It With Luv’

James Ghareeb without hesitation dives straight into a free-spirited atmosphere, his voice bright and breezy, creating a glowing vibe throughout “Do It With Luv”. The track represents a summery illusion, where the high tones contrast with the cheery beats, no matter what happens there is perpetual optimism. The reggae qualities of the melody resonates a feeling of euphoria, a focal attribute which is a recurring feature of the track.

“Do It With Luv” is a reminder of genuine happiness, a predominant factor we struggle to identify in everyday life. Ghareeb captures this insouciant sentiment with no strings attached, portraying an all or nothing perception. Although Ghareeb’s cheery vocals dominates the track, the variety of aesthetic instrumentals accompany the mood of the song flawlessly. Whilst the percussion lightly supports the radiant vibe, when Ghareeb sings, “Whatever you do you do it with luv/Wherever you go you show them your heart” there is a hidden celebration where we rejoice, and relish in how it feels to love with your heart. Ghareeb’s voice demonstrates a care-free outlook on how the world should be, rather than the way it is. And for a split second, Ghareeb recreates a fanatical vision.

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-Aly Mchugh