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Gud Cyrus – Princess Status: Groove-filled Sleekly Stylistic Hip Hop

Up and coming Hip Hop artist Gud Cyrus has recently dropped their eagerly anticipated EP “Version Update”. While each track is a high-fire sleekly stylistic mix, there’s no better introduction to their sound than “Princess Status”.

The amount of cathartic expressive venom found in the lyrics and Rap bars in Princess Status is only matched by how much ingenuity has been poured into the beats. As far as we’re concerned, Gud Cyrus is well ahead of the urban curve with their grooving beats finished with polished Pop-style production. Opting for such trippy tones to bring the lucidity into Princess Status was a bold move. But it definitely paid off.

You can check out Princess Status along with the rest the EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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4amcollective – you said… – Soul-Deep RnB Trap

Sonorous amounts of soul within Trap music may be hard to find. But Oakland-based Hip Hop artist 4amcollective made up for the shortfall with their standout 2019 hit “you said…”.

The lyrics deliver a captivatingly potent serving of humble romantic confusion. As the hauntingly downtempo reverb-laden beats lead the way through the mix, 4amcollective verses thoughts which may be all too familiar. If you’ve had the displeasure of dating in the 21st century, you’ll definitely be able to find the resonance in the simplistic candidacy of the single.

4amcollective’s soul was as much of a part of the soundscape as the lucid wavy trap beats, which may be light in tone and texture, but it’s still a track which hits incredibly hard.

You can check out 4amcollective’s single you said… for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Breaking Alt Hip Hop Artist FINLINCE! Has Dropped Their Latest Darkly Wavy EP “Threeway”

After making their debut in 2018, FINLINCE! has become one of the most exciting artists in Hip Hop thanks to their tendency to go with his own flow rather than assimilate urban artists before them.

Their most recent EP “Threeway” dropped in January 2020 and each of the five tracks is as dynamically visceral as the last. By mixing elements of OS Hip Hop with New Wave Trap, Synth Wave, Alt Rock and EDM, FINLINCE! was able to offer some of the most indulgently abrasive Hip Hop we’ve heard in quite some time.

The tracks may be short and snappy, but this only amplifies the raw, convictive unpolished emotion which they contain. If he’s not already on your radar, get them firmly placed right now.

You can check out FINLINCE!’s latest EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Di$mal has dropped their mellow 420-friendly jam “Feeling High”

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“Feeling High” is the third single to be released by breaking Hip Hop artist Di$mal. The stoner vibes drip from the smooth and melodic release in a way which is sure to enamour any fans of Snoop Dogg.

Yet, rather than assimilating the 420-friendly urban jams which have been around for as long as Hip Hop has, Di$mal stamped down their own signature style with a nuanced infusion of Trap. The contemporary up-vibe beats offer hypnotic fluidity, Di$mal’s mellifluous Rap bars also bring plenty of mesmerism into the mix.

After listening to the soulful serenity in Feeling High, there’s little room to wonder why there’s so much hype around the Nottingham-based artist.

You can check out Feeling High for yourselves by heading across to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Boris Massot Ft. EMRO – Disconnected Lines: Unadulterated EDM Hip Hop Catharsis

Alt Electronica Hip Hop artist and producer Boris Massot has followed on from their sensational debut “Running Out of Time” with their equally as resounding second single “Disconnected Lines”. This time, they teamed up with EMRO to create meltingly experimental RnB Trap mix which will undoubtedly amplify the hype surrounding them.

The concordant wavy grooves in Disconnected Lines prove just how disarmingly arrestive Hip Hop can be under the right production. While the constant vocal switch-ups keep the mix fresh from the first verse to the last. If you’re always on the lookout for cathartic Hip Hop which still comes with plenty of bite, you’ll strike gold with Disconnected lines.

You can check out Disconnected Lines for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lil semp – Fucked Up: Atmospherically Raw Hip Hop

Lil semp threw an arrestive amount of conviction into their latest single “Fucked Up”. The lyrics don’t just offer context to the track. They also serve a heavy amount of emotion which was further amplified by Lil semp’s Rap delivery.

After a teasingly pensive prelude, the track kicks into full gear. Then, you’ll get to drink in plenty of relatable angst alongside the deep grinding rhythms set up by the atmospheric modern and slick beats.

It’s easy to see why so many Hip Hop fans are drawn to Lil semp’s sound. Their perfectly rounded but edgily orchestrated singles remind you what music was made for in the first place – to convey emotion which is inexpressible through any other mode of communication.

You can check out Lil semp’s single Fucked Up for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Miles Casper – Hit the Spot: Entrancingly Fresh RnB Trap Pop

Miles Casper has followed on from the success of their first two singles with the equally as melodically smooth Pop Trap track “Hit the Spot”. You can’t help but feel and move to the rhythmic grind in Hit the Spot. It’s not all too often we can dub Pop Trap entrancing but Hit the Spot does exactly what it says on the tin.

By switching between harmonic Pop vocals and perfectly metered rapid-fire Rap bars, Miles Casper created a dynamic hit which you’re immediately hooked into from the prelude right up to the outro.  There’s also a lot to be said for the seamless fluidity of the lush instrumentals. Not to mention the radio-ready finish which they were able to achieve on the production.

The 19-year-old Melbourne-based artist and producer plans to drop a single each month in 2020. If any Alt Pop is worth having on your radar this year, it is Miles Casper.

You can check out Hit the Spot for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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BagBoyzzz – Paradise featuring Lexxii Mari: Idyllic Hip Hop Pop Escapism

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Breaking artist BagBoyzzz kicked off their 2020 by dropping an unmissable feat of Pop infused Hip Hop in collaboration with Lexxii Mari. The distinctive hit is an aural ticket to paradise which you’ll immediately want to add to your playlists to make sure you don’t lose it.

The lucidly light and vibrantly intricate instrumentals merge elements of Trap and contemporary smooth downtempo Pop to ensure that the soundscape offers the serenity which you’d expect from Paradise.

Paradise is a rare collaborative single in which the synergy between the artistic collaborators is perceptible at every progression. Lexxii’s hypnotically harmonic vocals were the perfect fit for the smooth flowing oceanic beats in Paradise. Here’s to hoping that we’ll hear more from them in the future.

You can check out the latest single from BagBoyzzz for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sikán – Thinkin Bout It featuring Barry Brannum: Sensually Smooth Flowing RnB Hip Hop

Urban elements of the past and the future converge in the recently released sublimely sensual single from up and coming Hip Hop artist Sikán.

It may be a little too early in the year to dub the track the sexiest offering of Hip Hop we’ve heard in 2020. But I can’t imagine many artists having the ability to match the sex appeal which drips from Thinkin Bout It.

The salacious lyrics are one thing, but the sensory melodic guitar rhythms are quite another. As if that wasn’t enough, you get to drink in the chemistry between Sikán and Barry Brannum’s meltingly smooth, yet strikingly dynamic vocals. From teasing Rap verses to indulgently harmonic vocal melodies, you’ll find all that and more in Thinkin About It. At this point, I’m sure you can hazard a guess at what the proverbial ‘it’ refers to in the track title.

You can check out Sikán’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Prepare for the Emotive Sting of Comp Keyz’ Standout Single “Sauce Man”

You’ll have seen Hip Hop artists blow up for FAR less than what you will find in the standout single “Sauce Man” by up and coming artist Comp Keyz.

While I’ve heard my fair share of emotively driven Trap music, I’ve never felt the weight of a Trap single crawl under my ribs in the same way as Sauce Man did. The soundscape may be light downtempo and ambient, but make no mistake, it’s resoundingly heavy.

Whether it was the pensive yet optimistic melody or the husky, humble, captivatingly poised RnB-soaked Rap bars which hit the hardest, I can’t be sure of. But what is painfully evident that Comp Keyz may be one of the most criminally underrated artists we’ve heard in a while.

You can check out the official music video to Sauce Man for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast