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Harsh Lessons Learnt: Ferrari CoxKasino made it to the right lane of superior self-awareness on ‘Now I Know’

After dealing with a tough stretch that required a deep rethink of his path, Ferrari CoxKasino rises up to show the world what is actually possible, if you believe in the right way on ‘Now I Know‘.

Ferrari CoxKasino is a skilled emcee who after ten years behind bars, shows that you can indeed have a better life and not go down the same tracks as before, if you want it enough.

He raps about trusting the wrong people back in the day, doing things he wouldn’t do now and thinking clearer than before. After a lot of time to think about life, he now flows about positive messages and how to live to bring change to your family, without doing things that you might regret later on.

Now I Know‘ from the confident and self-aware emcee Ferrari CoxKasino, is a ride to find that enlightenment that might not be cool to some, but is actually the only way to have a long-term happiness that will guide you through the bad times forever. This is a rare trap-filled track with a message that inspires hope, not darkness and fake lies that do you no good.

Stream this real life story of redemption on Spotify and see more on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music

Tommi – Stay Close: absorbing indietronic trap

Tommi

After a string of successful singles, alt-trap artist, Tommi, released their debut LP release ‘Tourist’ which exhibits their experimentally ethereal production style and tendency to delve deep with their introspection inspired lyricism.

The standout single, ‘Stay Close’ is as intimate and as absorbing as new wave trap gets. It holds just as much merit as a beguiling feat of instrumentally sparse indietronica as it does a lyrically-led trap track. Paradoxically, Stay Close is both bold and daring and absorbingly accordant all in the same affable urban breath.

While most artists create for themselves, Tommi creates for the younger generation. His music is essentially an invitation for others to see that you don’t need to be perfect to succeed. With his motto being ‘life lessons as studio sessions’, do I really need to tell you to get him on your radar?

Tourist is now available to stream and purchase in full via apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music

The Lost Bandit Rises: LBFRmikey locks into his zone with eerily real three-track trilogy ‘Aim and Fire’

With his haunting demons firmly squashed and vanquished forever, LBFRmikey opens the door wide to the a new world of inner success with the excellent new three-track trilogy called ‘Aim and Fire’.

LBFRmikey is a fast-emerging London, UK-born, Wellington, New Zealand-based trap/hip hop artist, who brings those excruciatingly painful past experiences to the fore, as he destroys them forever into the home of his new strong mindset. He is on a life-changing mission to powerfully flick a match into his creative mind – to burn out the bad memories – as he starts fresh into a new path of self-enlightenment.

His lyrics are refreshingly real and catches your heart beating extra fast, his stories of surviving in this unnecessarily complex world has you wondering how we can slow it all down. This is an underground masterpiece from a quality artist on a perfectly captured beat, as his talent is wrapped with so much potential, oozing in his soul as he learns how to unlock all of his potential minute by minute, day by day.

This is all about the scary world of dealing with your inner self worth as you look into the mirror, addictions in this tempting world, toxic relationships with quick-swipe mentality ruining that essence of pure love and depression whilst trying to find a real home with your mind racing with over stimulation.

Featuring ‘Make Up‘, the lead track with incredibly real visuals called ‘Serve It On A Plate and ending off with ‘Ride To The End’, you feel his growing confidence in trusting himself, as he flows with such passionate anger, as stories merge into one as he finds the strength to rise above all self-doubts.

It feels like his blood flow is clear now after much deep thinking about who he wants to be as a man – as the evil energies are gone from an artist who gives us an honest look into his life – without leaving anything out.

Aim and Fire‘ from the deep thinking Kiwi trap artist LBFRmikey, soars vividly into your mind like an eagle flying majestically in the sky, the only way to help yourself is to fly to where you know you can breathe and get away from toxic energies that drag you down, into the undesirable mud of no return.

Hear this top shelf trilogy on Soundcloud and check out his IG for more stories of finding his true purpose.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Hip hop Music

Apollo4K brings an air of gravitas to the trap genre with their latest release ‘Land of the Realist’

West African, Australia-residing trap artist, Apollo4K’s, latest track ‘Land of the Realist’ hooks you in from the first bass-drenched beat. With the ability to contort electronic effects to alchemic effect, Apollo4K brings a brand-new hype to new wave trap.

The rolling rhythms create the perfect platform for Apollo4K’s bars to find synergy with, and as you can probably guess from the title, his lyricism goes deeper than most. Land of the Realist is an absorbing exhibition of the artist’s gritty gravitas and commercial potential.

Land of the Realist is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Hip hop Music

Coy Bowyer proves to be ‘One in a Million’ with their latest single

Northern Virginia-hailing alt-hip hop artist Coy Bowyer has made a stunning debut with the release of their poetically powerful EP, ‘Not Always, Tomorrow’.

The lead single ‘One in a Million’ is the perfect introduction to their immersive style which becomes cinematic through the way it spills imagery by matching the tone with the narrative lyrics.

One in a Million may run through with a slightly sombre feel as Coy Bowyer exposes their romantic regret, but the ardent passion which runs through the alt take on trap allows the lofty and minimalist production to drip-feed you serotonin as you listen to the sparse, hazy instrumentals.

One in a Million is available via apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music

Tea Sea mixes up a big pot of groove on new single ‘Vitals’

Taking a set of playful, poetic lyrics and mixing them up with a watertight groove and bounce, and a chunk of metaphor-heavy imagery, and deliver it all with a non-stop energy and flow, and you’ve pretty much got the recipe for this serving of tea (sea). ‘Vitals’ is a tale of lost-love set to an R&B-tinged hip hop backbeat, equal parts Kendrick Lamar, XXXTentacion, Childish Gambino, and The Weekend.

There’s elements of old-school heroes in here too – Biggie, Dre, Mos Def, and Eminem all feature in Tea Sea’s quickfire wordplay, while there’s elements of soul and eighties street hip hop in the backing beats.

With an official video/visualiser steeped (geddit?) in eighties video effects and 8-bit arcade game visuals, Tea Sea brings us a nice little slice of retro-modern here in ‘Vitals’.

Check out the video for ‘Vitals’ on YouTube; follow Tea Sea on Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

Hip hop Music

Lazerwolf extends the legacy of the fictional legend with their dark trap track, ‘Indiana Jones’

NYC-hailing hip hop artist and producer Lazerwolf has arrived with their latest single ‘Indiana Jones’ which dropped on January 13th.

He may be new to the scene, but he’s already taking it by storm with his domineeringly dark approach to trap. Between the mesmerism in the fluid rap bars, the macabre witty wordplay, and the atmospheric beats, there are plenty of affirmations that Lazerwolf is one to watch.

With plenty more to come from Lazerwolf, he’s worth adding to your radar.

Indiana Jones is now available to stream via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Hip hop Music

Riese Kendrick delivers sun and optimism-soaked beats in their latest release, ‘Celebrate’

Reasons to celebrate may be few and far between these days, but Riese Kendrick’s sophomore single, ‘Celebrate’, will allow you to believe otherwise.

Celebrate follows on from the success of the up and coming hip hop artist’s 2020 debut single; it’s yet another testament to their ability when it comes to creating a vibe with their enlivening sun and optimism-soaked beats. While the smooth and stylistic melodies drip-feed dopamine, the lyrics remind you of the power of perception; you can either get into bed with apathy or follow Riese Kendrick’s enigmatic example.

Celebrate is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Hip hop Music

Nick Andree spills vivid imagery in their atmospheric trap hit, ‘HIDE AND SEEK’

If you look past the macabre imagery in Houston-residing hip hop artist, Nick Andree’s latest single ‘HIDE AND SEEK’, you’ll find the consolation which the powerfully meta release contains.

With atmospheric trap beats running steady under layers of trippy distortion and Nick Andree’s despondent yet convictive rap bars, it’s all too easy to immerse yourself in the darkly hypnotic vibe-out single.

It comes as no surprise that Nick Andree has been able to amass so much acclaim since making their debut in 2019. If you appreciate hip hop which spills vivid imagery, you’ll want him on your radar.

You can check out HIDE AND SEEK for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Hip hop Music

Adversity matches the ominous tone of 2021 with their latest single ‘What He About’

‘What He About’ is the latest lyrically led feat of hip hop from up and coming artist, Adversity who can easily match the meter of Eminem while asserting their authenticity into their rap bars.

There may be an element or two of old school in the mix, but the spacey interstellar hit, What He About crash-landed on the airwaves in the new wave trap arena. With confrontational lyrics over a bed of atmospherically layered beats which match the ominous tone of 2021, your entire consciousness will be consumed by this wit-fuelled hard hitter.

What He About is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast