Still Rhyming

Still Rhyming is the hip-hop duo of Doak 17 and Rhymez Disguised from Dimapur in India.

Still Rhyming - hip hop from India

Still Rhyming

There is a subtle sound that Still Rhyming deliver, which is something of a surprise given the genre and it is the melodic compositions that mark out the duo as well worth spending time to get to know.


The lyrics, whilst reflective of injustices, are equally inclusive and looking for a path through the conundrums of life. This thoughtful process allows Still Rhyming to create music which has a strangely calming effect and is far from typical of hip-hop, perhaps chill-zone rap would be a better genre definition.

Whilst predominately deploying looped beats, as to be anticipated, the duo also introduce on some tracks the sounds of piano, which demonstrate their desire and ability to scope new ground within the style and it works particularly well.

In a sector of music that I normally find difficulty in engaging, I am looking forward to hearing far more by Still Rhyming in the future.

 

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Yesterdrive

Yesterdrive is Molee Lollen (Lead Vocals / Guitars), Liem Ngadong (Bass / Backing Vocals), Haggai Rongmei (Lead Guitars / Backing Vocals), Sachin Shahi (Drums) and Kabir Jamatia (Synth / Sample / FX) an alt-rock band originally from Arunachal Pradesh in India, now based in New Delhi.

Yesterdrive - alt-rock from India

Yesterdrive

Smartly shaped sounds flow across the room as Yesterdrive deliver music which resonates of the past and present. Through the combination of electronics and instrumentation the quintet is able to infuse layers of textures to their music.

Whilst the material resonates of the past this is not music for the history books as Yesterdrive speak of life in 2014 inside melodic structures which float like spider-webs in the breeze. The tracks sit easily on the ears as synthetic notes are left on extended play, whilst sharply pinned strings and percussion mark out the territory.  Whilst there is little recorded out-put to report on, what is available finds a band who knows how to write and compose songs.

Only a year into their existence Yesterdrive make for an engaging band whose development will be interesting to follow and I wish them the best for the future.

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The Riots

The Riots a Mod band from Moscow in Russia is Sasha Bolotov (Vocals /Guitar), Alex Shanin (Vocals / Drums) and Kirill Usachev (Vocals /Bass).

The Riots - mod rock from Russia

The Riots

Referencing the UK ‘late ’70s The Riots have updated the mod derivative new wave to another angle as they reflect on an overbearing bureaucracy intent on dictating every moment of life. Whilst drawing considerable influence from The Jam and regular readers well know my disdain for that trio, they nonetheless pique more than a passing interest.


This is another agit outfit from Russia who are able to escape the full wrath of the Russian Bear and I am minded to posit that if you sing in English, in Russia, red-pens don’t quite know what to do with it. The visceral lyrics are explicitly targeted and fire finely honed darts of invective as The Riots explore the space in which they live.

Sonically the delightful rumblings of the sub-woofers bounce off the walls as the music bounds around the room like a feral cat seeking an escape route and the listener can’t help but to flail their body in vague syncopation.

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Reykjavictim

Reykjavictim is the electro-rock creator Adam McRae originally from Canada now based in Shanghai, China.

Reykjavictim - electro-rock from China

Reykjavictim

The swhirling electronics wrap the audience in a gossamer weave as Reykjavictim deliver fusions of ’80s synth-wave and guitar progressions with vocals in both Chinese and English.

The softly spoken material pulses out of the speakers in waves of sounds that take over the brain with the synapses settling in rhythm with the resulting compositions. Languages switches mid-verse lend the pieces even more intrigue as the lyrics are delivered as almost metronomic chants.

Providing both live and recorded material Reykjavictim is establishing a foothold in the local scene after relocating eighteen months ago. This is music to play when you are wanting to wind-down and it fits the bill suitably for the moment. Whilst by the very nature of the largesse of the loops and electronics there is sense of deja-vu there is also variation within pieces to facilitate a continuum of progression.

It will be interesting to see if local cultural references infuse themselves further into the resulting out-put over the coming year and I look forward to hearing more in due course, for now I am going to put my feet up and bathe in the treatment.

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Mad Orange Fireworks

Mad Orange Fireworks a blues rock band from Bangalore in India is Michael Dias (Vocals / Guitars), Ramanan Chandramouli (Guitars/Vocals), Kaushik Kumar (Bass / Vocals) and Deepak Raghu (Drums).

Mad Orange Fireworks - blues rock from India

Mad Orange Fireworks

The easy interaction between the players and when on stage with their audience enables Mad Orange Fireworks to deliver guitar led rock which raises a smile. The more recent transition from a three piece to the current line-up has resulted in their output gaining far greater texture, whilst not loosing the free expressions which are the hallmark of their live work.

Mad Orange Fireworks signature being the exploratory, inquisitive, guitars which intoxicate audiences. When a band has complete confidence in their out-put it is immediately evident to the listener, nothing is forced or over emphasised, permitting the ears to enjoy the sounds without ever having that grating feeling of ‘this is a band trying too hard’.  A fanatical live audience greets the quartet when they take to the stage and although that connection of energy can never be replicated on a Studio recording, the players are able to forge a connection through the distance.

Never a genre to sit on my ‘must play this today’ playlist, Mad Orange Fireworks comfortably settle in the ‘I can’t put my finger on it, but definitely worth another spin’.

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