Mellow and drifting, Bolbito let’s the bars flow one after another, flowing through a river of memories — some good, some bad, sometimes peaceful waters, sometimes turbulent rapids. “Epiphany” is a poetic realization reflecting on the pain of the past but not letting it define the future.
This piece – a companion to Ryan’s interview with Chris Keys, available via In Search Of Sauce – puts a fine point on their far-reaching discussion that looks at origins, influence, evolution and the road to Innocent Country 2.
There are few constants in the world right now but luckily one of those is the inevitability of fika dropping yet another stunning jam. The British alternative producers are back with “Missing Me” Ft. Fabich and more of their energy infusing funk backing increasingly expansive vocal performances.
“One Man Down” by Goldfished is a hip-hop duet about the rippling effect of police brutality. Vocalist Leela Rosa picks up where rapper Eauxby leaves off after a poorly fated interaction with law enforcement. The track’s low tone gives the song a feeling of swaying back and forth, teetering on the edge of falling off.
Purely having the extent of the world available to him seems to overwhelm Mensah. “The Thinks” jumps from musing to musing over a dream-inducing instrumental. As a listener, you get the sensation of floating through his thoughts.
Otis Mensah returns with another eviscerating poem, this time spit over the guitar laden “No Record Store Day.” He directs the anxieties of his larger isolation at the cancelation Record Store Day, a day that usually holds a lot of happiness and excitement for Mensah.
The trope of “too many cooks in the kitchen” just doesn’t apply to Phantom Phunk. Through the eccentric instrumentation and mastery of electronic sounds, “A Week Ago” becomes a refreshing funk hit, as unique as the components of the band.
The combined power of the soul sample and gently unraveling poetic yarn of “Reasons” makes it a stand out single. Animist, Jedos and Horus Ra Mindset meld their energies beautifully to drop clever and dynamic verses that float over the production. Poetry in motion.
Milo’s music consistently aims to change perspectives of the listener. His 2017 album Who Told You To Think??!!?!?!?! does this through an attempt to reframe the idea of boredom. In doing so, his greater purpose as an artist is fulfilled.
We often think of poetry as written works with elegance and grace, but every so often a song comes around that reminds us how closely poetry and hip-hop are intwined. Otis Mensah returns with “Internet Cafe,” a jazzy lo-fi record with the elegance of poetry and the gritty soul of hip-hop.