The tracks embedded in this collaborative release showcase the highest level of lyricism and musicality in two slightly opposed yet beautifully relevant ways. Faded is the opening half of the project, a track with a perfectly mellow and smooth musical backdrop, supporting and powerfully enhanced by Adonis Butler’s leading rap vocal. The rapper presents an overwhelmingly calm yet flawlessly executed flow, effectively in keeping with the mood of the piece, yet not without skill or accuracy, and never without passion.
The follow up Clarity works cleverly as an add on to the prior string of ideas and moments. In a way, the latter track is life through the other side of the mirror. The reality is jaw dropping on occasion, yet musically the artists involved have mastered the art of the thread, the vibe, so you’re not too far from home to feel involved still, though you’re far enough to really start thinking more deeply about things.
The two songs are provocative in a number of ways, but on top of this, they make for a sublime and easy to listen to, easy to switch off and escape to, offering of slightly down tempo hip-hop. The sound of Adonis Butler’s voice is addictively calming, whether the flow is low key and almost whispered, or slightly more intense and emotional – in either case it’s an enjoyable and memorable sound. Furthermore, the lyrics throughout this double release teeter confidently between the accessible, the well known, and the lesser walked roads of reflection and pondering – a strong fusion.
Production wise the music is on point, creatively and professionally crafted and so well mixed. The accompanying video allows you a real bit of insight as to who these creatives are and what was potentially the intended output of these songs – what was going through their minds, what these particular moments of expression came from. The release was produced by MIIKØ who also does the vocals at the very end of Clarity. These are first few steps for MIIKØ in coming out from behind the scenes and being more vocal, rather than just producing. It’s an exciting time and this first release is just a taste of an upcoming collaboration project entitled As I Am. You can click through to their social links below to stay updated. Both artists are behind a movement of creative individuals called VYZN.
This is a stylish and hugely appealing collaboration. Good vibes, but loaded with depth and meaning. Find & follow Adonis Butler on Facebook, Twitter & Soundcloud. Visit his Website for more information. Find & follow MIIKØ on Twitter & Instagram.