Organic sound-design contrasted by a raw vocal addition akin to the likes of Hobo Johnson – lightness and humour, character and meandering flow; often spoken-word-like rather than-rapped. Versatility reigns throughout the performance, as Lil Dr Akex makes his style crystal clear, with Jeans.
Balancing musical precision and colour with a home-made freestyle vocal approach, Jeans almost feels like two audio experiences in one. Lil Dr Akex takes full advantage of the mic, telling the story and entertaining the masses while barely pausing for breath.
At the same time, this relentless outpouring comes with a certain quiet confidence – not high-energy but mellow, softly devoted to the fun of the moment, and always resolving back to that central, title concept.
Featuring wordplay in strong supply and more than a few theatrical moments to elevate the comedic aspects, Jeans introduces an artist with a carefree angle, and makes certain you’ll recognise that vocal sound and creative style the next time it comes around.
Not so much catchy as quirky enough to hit with impact, and already encapsulating the live sound – stage-ready and authentically himself throughout. It will be interesting to hear where else the music takes Lil Dr Akex in the coming months and years.