2020 SINGLE REVIEWS: GECKO BROS – IN PILLWOOD

Something about “In Pillwood” is affectingly off-kilter. Thanks to the manic energy of Gecko Bros, this really doesn’t matter. “In Pillwood” sees rap duo Gecko Bros (formed by Pace and Clintarelli) conquer the sound around them. The song begins with dissonant harmonies, and plays out with alternating confusion and glory as the pair try to … Continue reading 2020 SINGLE REVIEWS: GECKO BROS – IN PILLWOOD

2020 SINGLE REVIEWS: PHOTON TIDE – POWER! / TERRIBLE W/ PHIXEL

The two latest singles from California’s Photon Tide are especially concerned with the concentration and application of power. Multi-talent Photon Tide has been on the 108MICS radar for a while, joining Chris for an interview a short while back. Tide’s output has been unrelenting all year, seeking and achieving collaborations with Astral Trap, Bleachh, Popstarbills … Continue reading 2020 SINGLE REVIEWS: PHOTON TIDE – POWER! / TERRIBLE W/ PHIXEL

2020 REVIEWS: ROME MALLORY – INTO THE LIGHT

Rome Mallory might be the hungriest-sounding rapper that I’ve heard in ages. Within this album’s first two minutes, the Charlotte resident preaches about freedom from materialistic restraints, the purpose of the soul without the physical form, and generally attaining a knowledge of self. ‘Light Shines Thru You’ is incredibly powerful stuff, recapping the artist’s journey … Continue reading 2020 REVIEWS: ROME MALLORY – INTO THE LIGHT

2020 ARTIST INSIGHT: HEX6

Intensely weird energies surround hex6, a reanimated and unbound artistic presence. Global collective Saturnine Realms is a group to keep an eye on. Their expected professional exterior hides a wealth of enticing oddities and a bounty of strangeness. hex6 embraces this like no other. Their work involves gothic imagery, unnerving aesthetics, and the very aura … Continue reading 2020 ARTIST INSIGHT: HEX6

2020 SINGLE REVIEWS: ITSREAPERX – EVERYDAYZEROES

Following a short break, rapper, singer-songwriter and producer ItsReaperx has triumphantly returned with a handful of tracks. Today’s article focuses on the song ‘EverydayZeroes’. The pessimism of the song’s title is reflected in its lyrics instantly. ‘I’m drinking until I fallout, you don’t know me or what the fuck I’m about.’ The pummelling 808’s that … Continue reading 2020 SINGLE REVIEWS: ITSREAPERX – EVERYDAYZEROES

2020 SINGLE REVIEWS: DEETTA JAIN – BRONCO

For Colarado-born singer DeEtta Jain, ‘Bronco’ is a natural stylistic evolution that will surely net her many new fans. ‘Bronco’’s exterior is initially hard to decipher. Its cover art is highly ambiguous, vaguely sensual while also appearing cold and mechanical. As soon as Jain begins to sing, however, the track’s emotional platitudes cascade freely. Although … Continue reading 2020 SINGLE REVIEWS: DEETTA JAIN – BRONCO

2020 REVIEWS: KILLER KANE – CHECKS AND BALANCES

killer kane’s Bandcamp Friday offering is a fresh take on the idea of duality. “checks and balances” is the latest from New Jersey producer killer kane. This three song selection at first looks like a pocketful of musical loose change, but each of the micro-project’s five minutes brings a new twist. Conceptually kane “balances” the … Continue reading 2020 REVIEWS: KILLER KANE – CHECKS AND BALANCES

2020 SINGLE REVIEWS: ITCHY & WTRFLLS – WTR UNDER THE BRIDGE

The second collaboration between Northern English rapper Itchy and Scottish vocalist wtrflls, ‘Wtr Under the Bridge’, is an earthy yet ethereal banger that highlights each artist’s strengths. Instrumentally, this song is beautiful. Typical of Itchy’s floaty, cloudy production, it creates a pleasant bounce that continues for almost three minutes and is subsequently exploited masterfully by … Continue reading 2020 SINGLE REVIEWS: ITCHY & WTRFLLS – WTR UNDER THE BRIDGE