Ohio’s The Static Wake delve into the complexities of toxic experiences and lasting negativity, with the uniquely enchanting, passionately all-consuming single Wraith.
“My biggest ambition is to be regarded as one of the best. So I gotta keep my head down and get better at the things I’m good at. Reach for greater. And pull in greatness.”
Smooth grooves and ambient soundscapes free from the distraction of voice or high-octane drops help accompany the study or work process in a beautiful way.
Introducing a brilliantly crisp and warm rock sound, with soulful vocals taking a little inspiration from the likes of Prince as much so as the heavier bands of the nineties.
I Imagined A Window is a bit of a rollercoaster. It feels organic and authentic and thrilling, with a dusting of electronics, and, best of all, autotune has been given the day off. Good shout. Where the paint has peeled, it’s only added character and gravity to the ride and I, for one, want to go round again. It’s blown the cobwebs away!
“I’d sit down with Jay-Z. That may be cliche, but he is the embodiment of making something from nothing. I’d love to ask him about business plans and how to grow generational wealth.”
Contemporary yet interesting, engaging and often captivating, professional yet passionate and consistently impressive (even flawless) performance-wise. Well worth knowing about.
This is your anthem, his anthem – whoever needs it. As boasted in the lyrics themselves – it’s safe to say he’s raising the bar.
Riding the beat like a pro, Ohio’s J.Drive showcases a Nelly-style rhythm and personality throughout the strong flow, melody and energy of an easily likable All I Need.
Breathing is superb, a classic hip hop banger with a nostalgic crackle of a finish and a general sense of togetherness to the whole arrangement and recording.
The song offers an underlying sentiment that seems fairly inspiring and of depth – the poetic references intertwine with the inclusion of ‘you’, inviting the listener to consider these ideas, these instances of advice, and to feel the embrace of the music as its weight and intensity fills the room.
Tony Beyond has let the creative muse run free with this collection, and this is why it seems so genuine – refreshingly heartfelt yet still in tune with what works and what sounds good or satisfying musically.