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Enero Trappings – BIG HOOKS: A Debut of Chillingly Ominous, Lucidly Light Trap

Experimental Trap artist Enero Trappings dropped their chillingly ominous mix “BIG HOOKS” on January 23rd, 2020 and blew us away with their avant-garde production style.

Even though BIG HOOKS is an incredibly dark and despondent mix, the textures have been left light, lucid, and nothing short of mesmerising. If anyone could be aptly referred to as the Thurston Moore of the Trap genre, it’s Enero Trappings.

The short and sweet mix may be just 1:22-minutes long. But it’s the perfect introduction to an artist who perceptibly refuses to follow the beat of anyone else’s 808s.

You can check out Enero Trappings’ single BIG HOOKS for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Shezi Rosewood – No Sleep: Expressively Versatile Urban EDM

US-based artist Shezi Rosewood’s latest single “No Sleep” is one of the most resonant insomnia-inspired singles we’ve heard in quite some time.

The expressively fluid polished mix doesn’t neatly fall into any genre. Instead, you’ll get the sense that Shezi Rosewood ran with their distinctively versatile production style to create a track which is impossibly easy to vibe and connect with.

No Sleep is a hypnotic lucid lullaby which unravels through smooth Trap beats sitting in a bed of downtempo gentle electronica which comes complete with witty evocative vocals which perfectly captures the frustration which surrounds insomnia. Shezi Rosewood aims to deliver music beyond what is currently available on the airwaves. After checking out No Sleep, it’s safe to say that he’s succeeded.

You can check out Shezi Rosewood’s latest single No Sleep for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Frenchy – Survivor Story: The Most Honest Hip Hop You’ll Hear All Year

With a title like “Survivor Story” I knew Hip Hop artist Frenchy’s track was going to hit hard. Yet, I didn’t quite anticipate just how much candid honesty the Grime track would offer through the perfectly metered Rap bars.

The beats almost fall away as you hook into the narrative of the downtempo mix which will stay with you for long after it has faded out.

Survivor Story takes you on a lyrical journey through Frenchy’s experience with depression. From how it started, to the thoughts it left him with, to how he pulled himself through it. I will never be able to reiterate enough just how essential tracks like this which expose the human condition are. They prove that despite how alienating depression feels, we’re all in the struggle together.

Survivor Story is available to stream via all major streaming services via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Oda Kauffman – Chun Li Type Beat: Ambiently Immersive Instrumental Hip Hop

The ingenuity in Hip Hop artist and producer Oda Kauffman’s mix “Chun Li Type Beat” doesn’t wait around before revealing itself.

The Canadian artist drops a new beat every day. Even if you don’t appreciate their immersive production style (you will), you should definitely find adoration in their unrelenting motivation to put out beats which are made to sink into and appreciate the rhythmically dynamic catharsis.

Even though there’s plenty of conviction behind the Trap style beats in Chun Li Type Beat, there’s also a trippy amount of ambient wavy reverb which makes the mix impossibly easy to slip into.

It’s only a matter of time before Oda Kauffman gets the recognition they deserve.

You can check out Chun Li Type Beat for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Asua – Tonight: Rhythmically Flawless RnB Rap Hip Hop

If breaking Hip Hop artist Asua’s standout 2019 track “Tonight” slipped you by, it’s our pleasure to introduce you to the nuanced high-fire drop.

Even though Asua has the ability to spit bars just as relentlessly as Busta Rhymes for the choruses, the momentum of their vocal delivery wound right down to offer smooth and sensuous RnB-style melodies.

There were also plenty of evolutions in the Hip Hop instrumentals which mixed slow and steady beats on top of an evocative piano melody along with Trap-style feverish beats. Given the quality of the production and how much ingenuity was thrown into this mix, Asua may be one of the underrated Hip Hop artists who have appeared on our radars in a while. Make sure to get him on yours,

You can check out the official music video to Asua’s single Tonight which dropped on November 13th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Trap artist JOON has just dropped their 5th Trap Pop Earworm with “Ink Dries”

After up and coming Hip Hop artist JOON’s latest drop “Ink Dries” featuring Aadie Rip, we’re even more excited about the artist’s potential. By infusing subtle charismatic Pop elements into Ink Dries, it became an accessible immersive track right from the first hit.

That certain inexpressible factor which transforms a track into a hit is well and truly present in Ink Dries. Whether it was their playful experimentalism with the beats and atmosphere, their evocative and energetic vocal delivery, or the tight, solid construction of the mix, we can’t be sure. But what we can be sure of, is that JOON deserves a place on your radar.  Ink may dry, but infectious upbeat bang-on-trend vibes drip from JOON’s latest release.

You can check out Ink Dries for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Badwolf – Jealous Rappers: A Debut of Devilishly Witty Alchemic Hip Hop

Badwolf certainly gives other up and coming Rap artists plenty to be jealous of with his standout single “Jealous Rappers” from their debut album “Tried to Be Good” which dropped on January 1st, 2020.

Their devilish wit takes their ominously immersive approach to Hip Hop to the next level. There’s plenty happening within the intricately-layered mix, but thanks to the sleek production on Jealous Rappers, you’ll never lose the flow in this high-tempo firestorm of an urban drop.

It may be the debut release from Badwolf, but the San Diego-born artist Dakota Wolf Ethridge has been putting out music under different guises for years. From playing bass and rapping in the collective LAW to playing in a Ska Punk band. Yet, this debut marks the start of their solo career and their most viscerally raw music to date.

Their new wave heavy Trap style is bang on trend, and we’re sure it won’t be all too long before it has found its rightful place in the Rap charts.

You can check out Jealous Rappers along with the rest of Badwolf’s debut album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Joe Dura – T.N.N: High-Fire Atmospherically Convictive Hip Hop

Breaking Trap artist Joe Dura has set the airwaves alight once more with their latest drop “T.N.N.” Once you hit play, you’ll be hooked in by the grinding mix which instantly grabs you by the scruff of the neck and demands your attention.

While there are plenty of old school elements weaved into the commanding mix, T.N.N is as fresh as contemporary Hip Hop comes. Expect inventive atmospheric instrumental progressions paired with an expressively dynamic vocal delivery.

With Joe Dura in charge of lyrical ingenuity, Godzay Katana on production, and Joseph Scoltock adding their deft touches through engineering and mixing, T.N.N was never going to fall flat. If you’re going to get excited about any UK Hip Hop artist this year, make it Joe Dura.

You can check out T.N.N which dropped on January 17th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Shan – Ghost: Evocatively Dynamic Hip Hop

NYC-based Hip Hop artist T. Shan’s latest single “Ghost” is a track which instantly commands attention. From the first verse, you’re locked into the fluidity of the beats alongside the pure emotion which has been poured into the evocatively fresh mix.

The grind may be soft and smooth, but you’d be hard-pressed to find more arrestive rhythms from an up and coming Hip Hop artist. T. Shan has stamped down their signature reflective style once more with Ghost which infuses elements of RnB to amplify the sonorous edge to their sound which is sure to see them go far.

While Ghost is undeniably a track with plenty of contemporary appeal, they’ve also been incredibly mindful to make the mix accessible to fans of OS Hip Hop who appreciate pure unadulterated lyrical conviction.

You can check out T. Shan’s latest single Ghost for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Iceboypierre – Watch Yo Step: High-Fire Polyphonic Trap

US-based Rap artist Iceboypierre’s latest drop “Watch Yo Step” (Ugly God Remix) is a Polyphonic Trap masterpiece.

With the Old-School analogue-style beats there’s a fair amount of nostalgia weaved into the mix amplifying the accessibility. Yet the retro rhythms are outshined by Iceboypierre’s contemporary approach to Hip Hop which makes Watch Yo Step drip with plenty of distinctive commercial potential.

The intricately experimental robotic beats bring the grind while Iceboypierre brings the attitude, playful wit and charm through their Rap bars. Watch Yo Step is an energetic vibing mix. If you’re always on the lookout for the freshest New Wave Rap, you’re not going to stumble across many other artists who are lucky enough to share the fresh flex of Iceboypierre.

You can check out Watch Yo Step for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast