Category Archives: hip-hop/rap

Incubus – Xeus  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The term urban music is, like pretty much every journalistic label, too general, too vague, too broad to be of any real use when it comes to discussing music and New York City artist Xeus is the perfect example of … Continue reading

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Caterpillar Chronicles – John “Adidam” Littlejohn (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It isn’t very often that new genres present themselves and if they do they normally don’t stand up to too much scrutiny, usually being akin to genre-spliced musical Frankenstein’s Monster, a revolutionary idea on paper but with an end result … Continue reading

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Panic Room EP – Chris Ellenwood (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I’ve had a run of acts come my way of late that fall into the broad hip-hop/rap spectrum and who claim to be really pushing the boundaries of what the genre can be as we move forward into a new … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CCXI : 211 – Jay Ax

The move from Brooklyn to Staten Island doesn’t seem to have blunted the edge that typifies Jay Ax’s music. On the contrary 211 is loaded with all the grim reality of street culture and gangster moves and it is the … Continue reading

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The Shadow Cabal of the 8 Oligarchs – Hefe Heetroc (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The mysterious and mercurial Hefe Heetroc is an interesting proposition. The music sits somewhere beyond conventional rap, past the point where glitchy electro starts to unravel into something more like the death throes of a misfiring super computer or half … Continue reading

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Life on Mars – The Black Astronaut (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Well, that’s a new one on me. Hip-hop has always had something to say, at its most basic it is boastful and self-aggrandising, at it’s most clever it is observational and socially aware, but listening to Land of The Lost … Continue reading

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The Walrus, The Ninja and The Gypsy From Sydney – Black Astronaut (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Stepping into the world of Black Astronaut is like entering a world that you recognise but nothing seems to be in the same place that you left it. Take opening salvo Staring At The Ceiling, yes, the blends of hip-hop … Continue reading

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Turn It Up – JV and Teej (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If you think that hip-hop missed its chance to go wholly over ground as a musical style and that rap music seemed to jump the queue and became the radio friendly, unit shifting, happy to compromise, edgy dance music of … Continue reading

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Stronger – Brielle Von Hugel ft. B.o.B. – Exodus x Sweet and Sour remix (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The last time I encountered Brielle she was tugging heartstrings and weaving emotive strands via slick, chilled pop vibes like a jazz diva re-invented for modern times. It was wonderful stuff, elegant, classy, restrained and controlled. But everyone needs a night … Continue reading

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Tribal Wave – The Tribe (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Right from the first few bars of the titular opening track, The Tribe set out a stall of street soul vibes, dance grooves, funky back beats and ska guitar lines. But more than that there is a sunshine warmth and … Continue reading

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