The UK’s own Kings Cvstle creates at the peak of the political and social issues affecting us all. Driving with honest intention, a background of hardship and an unwavering desire to lay bare the truth, Cold Place offers up precisely the ambiance and poetic observations implied by its title.
As a rapper, Kings Cvstle excels himself here. The latter half in particular see things really venture off into depth of concept, allowing bar after bar to pour through to such a degree that it takes more than a single listen to truly catch every idea. Fortunately, songwriting speaks volumes too, and the track resolves well with the smooth yet dark and melodic embrace of its hook.
Reality leads the way but there’s a hint of optimism in the call for things to be fixed. It’s subtle, but it prevents the doom and gloom from overpowering the compelling nature of the artistry.
Style-wise the musicality of this release is brilliantly refreshing. The spacious nature of the music, the up-front presentation of such a clear-cut and clean vocal, feels reminiscent of UK rap legends from yesteryear. There’s nothing to hide behind, because there’s no hiding necessary. The flow and the intellect stand tall, and Kings Cvstle showcases a natural connection to the rhythm and the concept, willingly losing himself within the performance; so that you can do the same. Superb.