Expect to stand back in awe at the sheer weight of contrast on this impressive new project from Anubis. Take the opening track GraveSites as a fitting example – an ambient and dreamlike backdrop floats through in stark juxtaposition with the pace and poetic complexity of the rap flow.
The energy of the track is sky high and the recording allows the band’s strengths to really stand tall and appeal to our inner party addicts.
Ev Young takes the synth-driven pulse of summer-time EDM and fuses it with a notably trip-hop inspired ambiance and a reverb-soaked vocal melody for this single – all of which paints a smooth, calming audio experience around the listener.
The days of colourful riffs and pop melodies infused with hearty rock and roll seemed all but gone in recent years. Enter Life As Mary – a band who brilliantly fuse indie rock rhythms and grit with immediately infectious, likable songwriting.
DeeZire are a duo with voices designed for precisely the kind of smooth and soulful RnB vibes presented on this single. All Night Long is a gorgeously ambient track with a classically warm aura and some likable levels of nostalgia – the sort that easily take you somewhere calm and comforted.
Considering the influx of simple, repetitive rap of late, a release like this stands out for its stylish back and forth between characters and for the notable level of space within the music.
The intro paves the way with power, the verses fall back a little, then the hook smashes onto the stage with absolute vibrancy & weight. And when you consider the delivery, you genuinely notice & appreciate how effective the singer is at meeting the requirements of each of these moments.
Almost reaching the five minute mark, this single is one of the most well-crafted & considerate reggae releases of recent years. Yardie is something of a grower, for sure – those classic vibes generally either win you over from the offset or they don’t, but in this case the song grows more entrancing & enjoyable the further along you get.
Not quite the excessively early seasonal hit you might expect from the title – though it does introduce a few classic Christmas sounds to keep the theme alive. In reality, the track offers a stylish fusion of hip hop & RnB, sounding modern & invitingly fresh.
Rose has the addictive qualities of an alternative hit, complex in terms of the details & the thought that’s gone into it, but simple in terms of the melody & the overall vibe & sound you take away. Undoubtedly a top track from the whole of 2018 so far. Incredibly clever, catchy, stylish, and refreshingly unique right now.
Rudy Slug’s sound is the sort that makes you happy to listen to every bar as it pours through. The leading voice is somehow both smooth & gritty, effortlessly rhythmic in adding a captivating quality to an already calming ambiance.
Freedom Cry is an important song & one that turns back to the roots of the genre to let hearts & minds speak honestly & artistically. It’s something of a secret masterpiece in what it sets out to portray & achieve.