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Bash & Jacob
Goodbye (Prod. by Oli)

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The beat to this release has a dreamlike and easy going energy that comes through as a very clean and well crafted offering from producer Oli. The vibe is that of the most chilled out that hip-hop can present, and the opening rap vocal on top of this fits in with the mood pretty well.

The first string of lyrics to the track seem to run out in a free-style sort of way. There’s no distinct story line, more a stream of consciousness, at first following the artist throughout his day, feeding into the laid back ambiance of the track and simply reflecting on the world around him. The second rap vocal towards the latter half of the track has a higher energy level and a quicker pace, occasionally leaving you wanting to listen back to certain lines to see what sort of wordplay and concept has been explored. At almost six minutes long the musicality of the piece works well, similarly to the way in which ambient or trip-hop must can be left to play out around you as you get on with your day.

The whole tone of the track and the performances keeps things mellow and the lyrics themselves wonder about the switch from the dreamworld to reality, only ever in a relaxed and carefree manner. The contrast between the two voices is notable yet not overbearing, still maintaining that underlying energy. The first vocal features a few changes in tone and teeters between spoken word and melody on occasion. There’s plenty of potential, and the free-style sound, if it’s an accurate representation, is a great way to keep on building those lyrical mountains and therefore locating the fire or the gold that lies within the creative output. The track offers the good vibes that classic hip-hop was often about.

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Rebecca CullenMusician & writer with an MA in Songwriting.


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