Forays into the unknown are often left unexplored until most artists third or fourth efforts, yet Toddla T has taken a bold approach on his second album. Watch Me Dance is at times lucid, other times congested, indicative of a young beatsmith treading in wider waters.
100% Publishing manifests the aura of an astute and wily character. There are moments which hark back to the undiluted darker roots of his earlier discography whilst his flow is as refined as ever (with the odd recycled 16 or two).
Philly based production duo Bombé and Mr. Caribbean have chopped the jarring melancholy of Blake’s sound and screwed the dope nature of Drake’s bars to create a civil consummation which is played out somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic.
Africa HiTech are a couple still enjoying an extended honeymoon. And, what’s even better…we’re invited. Christian Adofo reviews the latest from the Warp Records stable.
The late German pianist turned Romantic composer Robert Schumann was once quoted as saying “Talent works, genius creates” LA native Jennifer Lee is no exception and sees her resume a cosmic penchant for hip hop, electronica and beyond.
Wake Up Call is likeable to a bottomless cauldron of nutritious odour rich stew. Indomitable and appealing in the first instance but has an equal measure of obligatory bits that become trapped and prevent sufficient satisfaction.
The inhibited Wild West decor of the Borderline sits gladly amongst the overt sextropolis of seedy Soho for a Scandinavian invasion: Christian Adofo reports from Turboweekend’s recent London show.
The Weeknd offers an inviting reminder that dark matters are engaging and synonymous with a swagger that draws on peers of yesteryear as well as the present. Highly recommended.
Following the cult acclaim of Nights Out, the newly formed fourpiece are back with a refined sound that saunters between pop,funk and new wave to soundtrack impending recess from Cornwall to Cancun.
Measured electro, intelligent pop and hushed shoegaze: Niva appears to engage in recreation unknowingly whilst honing his craft. This intrinsic quality gives greater scope for a debut LP in the not too distant future.
With a forthcoming album on the horizon and sold out UK tour, for Beardyman the transition from beatboxer to fully fledged recording artist is still of a tentative nature. Will he iron out the proverbial creases in his repertoire to achieve a crisp look, asks Christian Adofo.
A sold out North London setting provides the backdrop for another former BRIT school graduate – but this time he’s male and his soul outpours to packed pilgrims who are suitably in awe. Christian Adofo reviews.
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