Hyphen is an English rapper who is currently working towards the release of the EP – Dance Songs To Die To.
With a selection of tracks around, a commonality of theme, is that wrapped inside the lyric lays a wry humour, sometimes self-deprecating, other times casting wary eye at the world around, encased in easy to engage compositions.
It is the lightness of touch that allows Hyphen to create songs that have far broader appeal than the to be expected home crowd, in fact, in many ways the style is likely to cause consternation with dedicated hip-hop supporters.
Music often doesn’t require a raging torrent to effectively remonstrate a perspective and in Lost – from the forthcoming EP – that is certainly the case.
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Within the past twenty four hours the English rapper Winstan released the latest couple of tracks.
Frequently surfacing with new material each of different temperature, of the two that surfaced most recently Let Go caught my attention.
A track which challenges the desire of chasing ‘perfect looks and lifestyle’ as espoused by style magazines, resulting in plastic lives, plastic bodies and plastic intentions whilst extending the offer – that it is perfectly normal to just Let Go and enjoy the moment for the moment it is, not the moment someone else informs is what is meant to be ‘enjoyable’.
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Joe DOE is a solo vehicle for the Fort Wayne USA based musician who uses the same name to offer a welcome change with that I will call alt-rap.
I had a good listen to a twelve track LP and such is my suspicion of the genre that I even then had to check and ask for some lyrics as I thought my ears may have become auto-blocked, which confirmed, this is actually hip-hop with something useful to say.
Rather than feeling sorry for itself, the music Joe DOE releases contains the expected anger, but it is delivered with relevance and in well constructed poetry that illuminates the issues to hand leaving the listener, not excluded, but elucidated. Angry music of any genre when delivered coherently can and does draw an inclusiveness and to his credit, this is where the sounds head. How could I not agree with the sentiment included in the line – ‘So Much Rap Is Trite’ – One of the related bands to Joe DOE headlines itself – The rap group for people who hate rap – If this is the way ahead, then I am a convert to the genre with its visceral and intelligent lyrical content that even manages to draw on much of the language of the mainstream genre and use that to poke fun of it.
The electronic loops pulse away in the background surging into the veins, but I was far more focussed on the lyric. I look forward to getting to know more bands on the independent label – Sykophunk Productions.
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The Wyld a raprock trio based in Mount Eden in New Zealand is Joe Pascoe (Guitar / producer), Mo Kheir (vocals) and Brandon Black (vocals / production).
I am wreathed in smiles as I find another cohesive rap / hip hop undercurrent which has found space to grow and the grin gets even wider when I find it emerges from New Zealand. The trio filter the dross to, deliver music which flows with invective and musical competence to leave a clear fluidity of sounds that buffer the head from side to side in a valedictory salute.
I oft bemoan the world of want to be ‘ghetto’ music with its perpetual racism and misogyny positing there is a legitimate ground on which to play and whilst I was able to find in My Peoples a cousin relationship , I find a direct progeny with The Wyld, so it is with some excitement that I take this opportunity to introduce a band who have a handle on the realities of the 21st Century and choose to neither portray themselves as victims or protagonists and for that very fact are the more powerful and relevant.
The grained guitar enables the material to gather relevance and barbed wire wrist cuffs whilst the electro structures are Meccano kits of spanners and bolts, holding it all in to shape as the vocals deliver viper flicks.
A new EP – Abstract – is set for imminent release and my advice is – get there as soon as possible – for the best of hip hop – The USA has been superseded by New Zealand.
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