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Slater ft. Kypha – Ghostie: Dreamily Organic Trap

If you’re on the look out for an artist who defies every genre boundary, look no further than Slater and his dreamily organic offerings of kitsch polyphonic Trap.

Emerging Alt Trap artist Slater teamed up with fellow recording artist Kypha to create probably one of the most adorable tracks I’ve heard in 2018, and I don’t mean to be condescending, but the innocence literally drips throughout their collaborative fluidly progressive track. Ghostie is a chilling yet dreamy Trap Lo Fi mix which is quite literally impossible not to fall in love with. The quaint sensibility which both Slater and Kypha project into the mic is beyond any accurate description. Each element of the track feeds into one another perfectly resonant mix of low-key Trip Hop with the most resonant being the lyrics which invite you to just slip into the conceptually prodigal sound.

You can check out Slater’s latest track Ghostie ft. Kypha which dropped in May 2018 on SoundCloud now.

To keep up to date with all Slater’s future releases head on over to Facebook and give them a like.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mikhail Crosby – Losing Touch: Piercingly Pensive Trap

If you haven’t ingested enough sobering Hip Hop Rap as of late courtesy of Childish Gambino’s viral hit; Mikhail Crosby’s latest release Losing Touch produced by beja.mon will definitely help you revel in that gnawing, grounding feeling of resonantly composed Hip Hop. Not one to skirt around superficiality Mikhail has created a mind-numbingly cathartic mellow composition which not only deals with addiction but redefines the common perception of the dimensions of addiction. His low-tempo beat sits perfectly around the sonorous sensibility of the track which is steeped in gritty yet ethereal realism. The lyricism goes beyond compelling as the narrative unravels around the slowly progressive beat which doesn’t fail to leave spears piercing your stomach with every punchline.

You can check out Mikhail’s latest track Losing Touch which was released March 2018 on SoundCloud now, that may be the first single from Mikhail in 2018, yet based on that one track alone which stands as testament to his beautifully pensive approach to Hip Hop; I’d say the best is yet to come from the Californian based prodigal son of Trap.

To stay up to date with all Mikhail’s latest releases head on over to Facebook & give him a like.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Chromatic – Daybreak: Relentless Rap Flows in Synergy with Melodic Trap

I’ve listened to enough emerging Rap artists to know that you’ve either got it, or you haven’t and Chromatic is an artist who truly has it all. It’s not often a Rap flow will make my jaw drop but listening to Chromatics relentless flows left me in absolute awe. The gritty realism contained in his lyrics came to life through the rhythmic progression of his bars. The momentum is constantly switched up to make every second of the 3 minute track as compelling as the last in his lyrically driven track Daybreak. Beat wise, Trap doesn’t come much better than the progressive beat which Chromatic lay down in his latest single. The trickle of the melodic beats lay down the perfect platform for Chromatic to dominate with his charisma fuelled Rap approach. 420 fans; you’re going to be in heaven with this track. You can check out Chromatic’s latest single Daybreak along with his earlier releases on Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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KA – Bus Stop: Surely Trap Music Doesn’t Get More Resounding Than This

Musical inspiration can stem from the strangest of places, up and coming Hip Hop Rap artist KA just happened to find it at a bus stop and God there’s a lot to say about bus stops. Lyricism aside, the beat was one of the most heightened I’ve heard from the Hip Hop genre this year, the experimental soaring instrumentals create a deep-toned progression right he way through the track carrying the perfect amount of bounce under KA’s rhythmic rap bars. As KA’s track Bus Stop started to draw to a close the weight of the emotion contained within the lyrics really hit me, KA has set himself apart with his lyrical approach. He doesn’t just skirt around aggrandized superficiality. There are some truly punch in the gut moments that I have only felt listening to Scroobius Pip. The production behind the track may not be as polished as what you’d hear from artists such as J. Cole, yet, the amount of texture in the reverberating beat carried a prodigal new energy that I’m certain not many more Hip Hop artists are capable of.

You can check out KA’s latest track Bus Stop which was released March 23rd, 2018 on YouTube

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Audrey – 80deg: A Dreamscape of Bitterly Sweet Trap Pop

Up & coming singer songwriter Audrey has just released her first ever Indie Trap Pop anthem 80deg; a compellingly ethereal composition which will leave you in the bitter sweet anticipation for her next release. Her genre mash of a hit is a testament to how easy it is to create a unique conceptual sound when passion is projected into each note of the track. Her stylised dedication is perceptible all the way through the track bringing waves of raw texture that you just don’t hear every day. Her lyrics have a way of resonating over the beat as the 808’s tap away and the synth swirls in the background, she keeps complete command over the track through her soaring vocal style which in parts is truly haunting. If you’re a fan of Grimes, Lorde & St. Vincent, I can personally guarantee you will fall for Audrey’s succinct style. For a track with a duration of only 2:08, it sure packs one hell of an emotive punch.

You can check out Audrey’s latest single 80deg on Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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R3LL – Soulfly: This Is Also America

R3LL’s single Soulfly doesn’t need much selling as a Trap Hip Hop mix. The resonance behind the sound is almost enough to contend with Childish Gambino’s track This is America, if you’re anything like me, you’ve injected that track far too many times by now and it’s time to look for other exemplary Urban artists who also create sobering tracks about contemporary American disparity. The trickling Trap beat which was left in the deft hands of Deerock Sample sits at the perfect level, right the way through the track amplifying every emotion that draws you further and further into the pensive realism of the music.

At the end of each lyrical bar, another punch to the stomach is delivered as the torrent of emotions which are contained within R3LL’s monumental style pours through. With such a strong focus on the future the sentimentality behind the track is almost heart breaking (if you’re capable of empathy that is), the raw empowerment which Soulfly harnesses is exactly the kind of music we need right now in Trump’s America.

You can check out R3LL’s stunningly poignant Hip Hop mix on SoundCloud now, with over 35k streams on SoundCloud alone, Soulfly definitely has the viral potential.

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TiiME – CAKE: Just How Fresh Can Trap Get?

I’ve heard a lot of Trap mixes recently, it’s safe to say, not many are as fresh as Hip Hop Rap artist’s latest drop. CAKE was released in April 2018, I’ll be honest before I hit play, I was a little sceptical of how good a song about cake could actually be. It turned out that my prior prejudices were quashed before the first verse finished. Considering CAKE is TiiME’s fist single, you really couldn’t ask for more, he’s already stamped down a unique style that distinguishes him from his counterparts. The lucidly trickling Trap beats ran through an almost melodic flow to create a sonorous ambient mix which is perfect to vibe out to. Although, I’m still not sure why the track was about cake. Having said that, the rap bars in the track that TiiME is ingenious when it comes to penning gritty yet hyped lyrics, which of course come to life through his charismatic rhythmic prowess.

You can check out TiiME’s latest drop CAKE on SoundCloud now and join me in the sweet anticipation of his next drop.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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G.U.I. – How Are You?: A Minimalist Trap Progression Steeped in Evocative Amiability

Isn’t that nice? A Rap artist asking how you are, normally, they don’t seem to care about much else than laying down self-aggrandized bars. It was clear from the first verse that G.U.I. isn’t your average Hip Hop Rap artist, with his latest release How Are You? G.U.I. created a tantalising Trap mix which is set by a low tempo, a minimalist progression steeped in gritty realism, yet at the same time How Are You is a succinctly charming mix. G.U.I.’s vocals rest neatly against the beat that he lay down. Considering the track was self-produce, you really couldn’t ask of much more from the production quality, the levels are set to perfection, and it was a refreshing change to hear such a synergy between the beat and the vocals. It would seem G.U.I. is a triple threat if his latest track is anything to go by.

How Are You? Was released in April 2018 by the emerging urban artist, head on over to SoundCloud where you can check out the succinctly storming mix now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Raz Khaleed – H-Town: Grittily Sweet Trap

If there’s one thing that the music scene isn’t short of, it’s Trap artists, it may have only been 8 years since the style first exploded onto the Rap scene, taking victorious dominance through the rattle and snare of the 808 beats. The Old School fans may not be thrilled, but it’s up and coming Trap artists like Raz Khaleed that really set the standard with their music. Teaming up with producer KbeaZy, Khaleed created a subversive beat that J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar & Jay Z fan’s would adore. The progression of Khaleed’s latest single H-Town may wander in seemingly sporadic directions, yet as you let the multi-layered elastic beat wash over you, there’s no stopping the high-vibe sentiment of H-Town from resonating within you.  Raz Khaleed’s rap vocals are rhythmic without being abrasive under a Hip Hop influence to the Trap sound. H-Town is by far the most outstanding tack Khaleed has put out to date, the lyrics were audibly pensively penned and packed full of sentiment to make H-Town a grittily sweet anthemic hit.

You can check out Raz Khaleed’s latest single H-Town which was released April 2018 head on over to SoundCloud to enjoy his hyped beats that are perfect to vibe-out to.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

 

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Room40b – Believe in Me: 808’s Have Never Sounded Sexier

Just how sweet can 34 seconds of sound be? It turns out very, as proven by Room40b with his latest micro mix Believe in Me. His torturously short drop gave me a mouth watering taste to his sounds. The artists wavy, sexy 808 style has a way of reverberating right through you as you soak up his evocatively sublime beats. I will never fail to accumulate respect for an artist that describes themselves as a prolific poet, and you shouldn’t either.

He may like to keep it short and sweet with his tracks, but that doesn’t prevent the Hip Hop Soul artist to create tracks that stay with you for long after they’ve faded out. With tracks such as In Time which was released early 2018, he created a soulfully electric mix which harnessed a succinctly sonorous vibe that I have no doubt anyone could vibe out to. If Room40b created an album, it’s safe to say I’d be in heaven. Here’s to hoping.

You can check out Room40b’s blissfully transcendental Trap mix Believe in Me on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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