Lyrically this is some of his best work, as ever the bars captivate and intertwine shock factor, emotion and smartly-framed references on modern life.
A genius of the art form. The balance between intelligent bars, identity, and musical embrace is unrivalled.
Always on form but somewhat explicitly pure in the soul-searching found here, Ultra_eko sets up a two-part album release for the new year, preceded by the launch of a powerful new single and video.
The UK’s hardest working alternative hip hop act leads with conceptual depth and faultlessly creative story-telling throughout Revelation.
“I have spent the year of lockdown getting lost in my creative pursuits, writing and recording music at furious pace.”
This is something of an audio & hip hop masterpiece, ready & waiting to be repeatedly streamed at volume to light up the uncertain parts of your day.
There’s something to be said for striking a fine balance between a naturally curious & complex writing style, and the simple weight of satisfying, hard-hitting hip hop & musicality on the whole. Alternate Realities strikes that balance faultlessly.
Setting the scene with industrial soundscapes & fast-paced, forward thinking lyrics that pour through with a sci-fi, cinematic sort of prowess. Ultra_eko is the story-teller, technology is the enemy.
Musically beautiful, conceptually fascinating and often notably provocative. The wordplay and the framing of ideas is consistently impressive, occasionally phenomenal.
One of our generation’s most prolific and insightful, compelling poets, Ultra_eko blends a dreamlike, piano-led ambiance, with faultless vocals; delivering bar after bar, or page after page of the story, while barely pausing to breathe.
The role of art and music with such a specific backbone is to provoke a certain shared manner of thinking – these topics need to be discussed, and this is where that conversation ultimately begins; with music, or art, which kicks up a fuss, grabs attention, and refuses to be ignored.
Freshly kicking off a string of original releases from the London-based rapper and artist, Six Numbers is a beautifully complex, poetic and deeply human track, which showcases a refreshing side to contemporary hip hop.