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UNDER THE RADAR: LIL SHIES

ARTIST: LIL SHIES SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER For New York rapper Lil Shies, Ridin Round Town Vol. 1 represents a significant stylistic evolution. Spearheaded by single ‘Benz’, the six track, entirely Godmode-produced tape sees Shies delivering smoother, more melodic rap music. His vocals smattered in autotune, the MC quickly establishes this sound on ‘What It Is’, one of the coolest, most expertly […]

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NEW SINGLE: XHRIS2EAZY – RUSSIAN CREAM

XHRIS2EAZY has been investing himself in the most interesting sounds of the underground for a minute now, hopping on beats by Hi-C, ICXXY and even dropping a DJ Slur mix to one of his songs. His newest joint ‘Russian Cream’ lacks high-profile producer credits, but its dreamy plug sound is amongst the most luxurious shit that the NYC rapper has […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: ACID SOULJAH – BASEDBOYBILLIONAIRE

ARTIST: ACID SOULJAH SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER Houston rapper Acid Souljah has been steadily updating me on the progress of his new tape BasedBoyBillionaire for some months now, with three singles (the abrasive ‘I Can’t Keep Track’, the rugged ‘25i’ and the venomous ‘BasedBoySouljahs’ with Xhris2Eazy) offering glimpses into the tape’s layered, cybernetic production. Such a sound is key to the success […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: CHEW – NU LIFE

ARTIST: CHEW SOUNDCLOUD I’ve reviewed Chew’s music before, when I reviewed Drip Or Dropped, the project released by his collective $econd Nature earlier this year. There, I complimented the rapper’s demented, grimy flow and eerie, synth-laden production. He’s just as strong as a solo artist, and on his latest project Nu Life he’s amped all of these existing qualities to […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: FLEXO KOBAIN PT. 2

ARTIST: FLEXO KOBAIN SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER Released Halloween last year, Money First is one of Flexo’s hardest and most underrated projects. Bristling with a kinetic energy, the EP is a rollicking ride through the strongest aspects of the rapper’s sound. ‘Money First, Man Down’ sees Flexo employ a buzzing, robotic delivery, while ‘Friday 13th’ takes the plug sound in a tougher […]

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NEW SINGLE: DRINKBLEACHH – LOSING SIGHT

drinkbleachh has a discography rife with melancholy, but even by the Canadian rapper/singer’s standards his newest drop ‘Losing Sight’ feels extremely cold, distant and emotionally disconnected. The song’s slurred murmurs remain smooth and gentle and, despite the hard to decipher lyrics, cascade gracefully over acoustic strums and electric wails. A brief rap/spoken word segment acts as the eye of the […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: CAM KRON – FEELS LIKE JUNE

ARTIST: CAM KRON SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER We may be approaching the Autumn months, but Cam Kron’s new tape Feels Like June seeks to convey a completely different atmosphere. As the title suggests, Cam is rapping over blissful, breezy beats, employing plenty of his trademark hook work for a dazzling six track EP. ‘Bandz On Tha Run’ features one of IAmPissed’s most […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: GORGEONSTARS – LEAVES

PRODUCER: GORGEONSTARS BANDCAMP TWITTER As a follower of Gorgeonstars’ lush, meticulously detailed production, I can safely say that Leaves; which lives up to the aforementioned description with its throbbing, radiant title track; is his best collection of music to date. Every track presents a unique sonic palette: the opener a tidal wave of beauteous synth work, ‘Shine’ a sprawling piano […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: SHARP. -THE SAMPLER PACK

PRODUCER: SHARP. SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER SHARP. is one of the coldest producers in the game, his credits are impressive but the music well and truly speaks for itself, even on his instrumental works there’s a deeply evocative love for the culture seeped into every kick and bass note. If you’re unfamiliar with the man’s work, and you need definitive evidence of […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: LORD VZA – HAIBANE RENMEI & THE OREO SPEEDBIKES 2

ARTIST: LORD VZA SOUNDCLOUD INSTAGRAM The first volume of Lord VZA’s lengthily titled Haibane Renmei & The Oreo Speedbikes series dropped New Years Day 2019, its industrial tread nightmare an unmatched experience in an extremely saturated scene. The opener of Part 2, the dense, metallic maelstrom ‘(Lin Ultra) Dark Throne Radioactive‘, continues this obsession with shadowy, Blade Runner-esque soundscapes. Clearly, […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: SOMA – SADHOUSE

ARTIST: SOMA SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER PRODUCER: WHOKILLEDCJ TWITTER Sometimes as a writer, I’m faced with a difficult challenge: to write about music that strays far beyond the typical realms of music that I generally cover. Soma’s new project Sadhouse seems to fit that description like a glove, its hypnotic title track layering the autotune on thick over a metronomic, EDM-inspired beat. […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: ABNORMAL AREA, RAID & 4AM DORIAN – CYBER ABYSS

ARTIST: ABNORMAL AREA SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER PRODUCER: RAID SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER Abnormal Area and Raid have made music before, and Abnormal is a well established user of tread beats in all forms, but this new EP (on which the latter crafts his dark, muscular production with the assistance of 4AMDorian) is still a shock to the system. Rarely is tread music this […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: FLEXO KOBAIN

ARTIST: FLEXO KOBAIN SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER London’s Flexo Kobain releases music at a very consistent rate, and one of his best drops as of late has been The Shapes Of Midnight, a three track EP that fuses lightweight plug beats with smooth, R&B-inflected singing. On ‘Just The Other Day Freestyle’, Flex floats over HennyHayz’ dreamy production with incredible finesse, dropping a […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: JOEY MAGIC

Reading rapper Joey Magic titled his new single ‘Nostalgia’ for a reason, the song is a labyrinth of ideas best analysed when paying particular attention to his wistful, stream of consciousness writing style. This track is part diary entry, part advice column and part generational observation, but it all culminates in a warm, inviting single that speaks on growth, regret […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: TRRM – ICE FOREST RITUALS

All of the content that I’ve heard so far from Canada’s Trrm, including the epic Ice Forest Rituals single ‘Ghost Eagle Kamikaze’, has been grimy, apocalyptic, and flawlessly produced, mixed, and mastered. Faced with the full tape, I’m immediately greeted with a more refined variant of that sound. ‘Ground Acidic’ continues Trrm’s obsession with dystopian imagery: ‘Thawed out my cryogenic […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: STONE PT. 3

A continuously mysterious maker of head-scratch inducing, lo-fi rap, a large part of SToNE’s appeal is the uncomfortable calm of his music, it feels like being caught in the centre of a raging tornado. This unease if once again center stage on ‘NYB 2.0’, another perfect slice of zany, vocally-altered madness. The rapper is insanely good at turning the most […]