Classic production and contemporary effects unite alongside sharp bars and a clear sense of identity – Joe Polo & Lamardre keep things stylish yet authentic, with the album More Than a Game.
Is What It Is starts things off on a notable high – soulful design meets with heavy bass and a somewhat raw overtone for the genuine indie feel. Then we get the production effects on the voice, taking nothing from the emotion and central character of the sound, as we back and forth from Joe Polo to Lamardre across a series of stories and personal reflections.
Straight away the artists connect with their audience, both musically and lyrically, and More Than a Game continues to build upon this strength.
Ten original tracks in full, the likes of Calling Shots and Just Living proceed to bring a fine balance of dreamy melodies and smooth, captivating bars. The two rappers employ an impressive level of imagery and wordplay, intertwining clever and quirky references with that consistently honest, revealing and intimate manner of telling their truth.