“Pour” is the jazzy debut of Cameron and the Slumberkinghts. The group has put together a soundscape that revolves around the rap singing of frontman, Cameron Donald, but excels in the small touches and subtle textures of the whole picture when put together.
The laid back production and the calming vocals of Elle Simone contrast the energy intensive rapping of “Pay to Play” in the best way possible. Focus the Truth has put together a track that rides best on that balance. Easy to listen and easier to fall into.
The easy-going tune of “Halos” is a gentle way for Cool Company to bring the listener into their intense retrospection. The single questions the truth of perceptions we build about ourselves with a pleasant jam and steady flow to smooth the ride.
Ryan caught Medhane, MIKE, Voldy Moyo, Jadasea & Slauson Malone, five artists at the forefront of innovation in hip-hop, performing in Peckham.
“Shores” is a lo-fi exploration of the stormy seas we face in life. Relz Glover’s smooth bars are complemented by the harmonious vocals of LayFullStop as the two bring a ship nearly lost at sea to the peace of the ever-welcoming shores.
“Small Hours” brings a cross-section of emotions into focus. The singer, otta, accompanies an electric keyboard in a gentle but moving track.
“Sting!” is akin to a twisted acid trip with its heavy bass, sprawling synths and melodic guitar stabs. Reality and fantasy interchange with the hooks, verses and instrumental breaks. During your journey through this wormhole, a great architect and Delta the Butterfly take a seat next to you, spilling their innermost feelings onto your lap.
Lord Morgan and Basi’s “Quit Playin’” fooled me with its humble beginnings and swept the dust from my brain as it progressed, moving at the speed of light and teeming with life and colour.
Weaving wonderfully constructed rhyme schemes through the driving bassline, Guilty Simpson does not seem to break a sweat. As he transitions to the hook, SonikCuts is there to greet him with jazzy horns which add just enough grandeur to compliment to boastful life which Simpson details. “Beware” is a rapper-producer match made in heaven.
There is something special about music that can create a feeling of intimacy through a soundcloud link. “Something Bout You” transforms you into a fly on the wall of Emma’s thoughts, sculpting a gorgeous dedication to her love. The silky guitar strings add heart to the soul of the swinging drums…