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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 […]

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NEW SINGLE: TRRM – GHOST EAGLE KAMIKAZE

Canada’s Trrm is a master of building atmosphere. xisrupt’s beat at first sounds like gentle snowfall, but a heavier, bleaker blizzard soon careens into view, threatening to suffocate the helpless vocal cries buried in the mix. Trrm’s vocals however are anything but subtle, his bruising raps speaking chilling omens of death, pain and isolation. Lyrics like ‘Iceman thawed out, they […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: RICKYLAGOON

ARTIST: RICKYLAGOON SOUNDCLOUD INSTAGRAM Seattle rapper RickyLaGoon is a veteran of the true sound of the underground: sinister, gruff-voiced coated in a layer of grime and filth. His latest offering, titled Scripted Opus, $ounds Of Suffering, compiles some previously released material alongside new material to make for a satisfying collection of the rapper’s music. As the name implies, this ten […]

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2K19 REVIEWED: LIL PERM: TOP CELEBRITY

ARTIST: LIL PERM SOUNDCLOUD INSTAGRAM Lil Perm’s hard-partying pimp persona goes a long way towards making his music more appealing, but I firmly believe that his talent stands for itself. His new project Top Celebrity is seeped in a glossy pop aesthetic, and all the tracks held within are sped and chopped up to reflect this zany atmosphere. Opener ‘95’ […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: FENDI BENJI

ARTIST: FENDI BENJI SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER Making convincing trap music can be difficult, but Fendi Benji has it in the bag. On his self-titled project, the artist proves his worth as both a rapper and songwriter. Songs like ‘Jack’ stick to the most basic of formulas, but this doesn’t inhibit the potency of his rapping. Clearly, Benji is a student of […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: BANDITSKULLY

ARTIST: BANDITSKULLY SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER BanditSkully has been staying in touch with me for a while, keeping me updated on the music that he’s been making. This cycle of creation has culminated in the EP Bad Luck, which proves above all that Skully is an immensely capable rapper who can tackle various beat styles with ease. ‘No Features’ transforms an indistinct […]

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NEW VISUAL: VIRGIL HAWKINS – RISK

London rapper virgil Hawkins has benefited from a frequent, high-quality output and his new musical/visual offering ‘Risk’ is no different. Posted in various locations alongside collaborator/producer Aubrey Trnql, the rapper is often superimposed across the concrete skyline, appearing larger than life and matching the star quality of the music on display. Hawkins is one of his collective 237’s most dynamic […]

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UNDER THE RADAR: STONE PT. 2

ARTIST: STONE SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER ‘Sunfall 7‘ is one of SToNE’s longest, most tangibly psychedelic offering to date, his approach to making music has never been this lucid and insane before. Although his discography is a far cry from mundane, this track renders many of his other offerings tame in comparison, such is the slurred, demented ambition of ‘Sunfall’. Sounding as […]