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Sonyae – Leave Of Presence
After dropping Damaged Goods, Hunger, and most recently the visuals for the introductory track The Gift, Sonyae finally drops the full body of work Leave Of Presence. The project is pretty short and dense with just seven tracks that covers a whole load of issues. She spares the listener the unnecessary BS and heads straight to the crux of the matter with sure shot delivery and remarkable assertion. Musically she keeps it soulful and mellow which really helps drive home the concept of this project.
It would be foolhardy for me to pick choice tracks as..
Jon Rogers – Chenille EP
Some awesome sh*t from a dude called Jon Rogers. He’s new to me but his craft is sophisticated and mature, featuring a real high level of production over awesome soulful flips. Nice and vibey. Chill!
Awon – Matte Black Soul
Emcee Awon is back in grand style. Going for dolo, he teams up with usual suspect Phoniks, HDK. Ak and Rashard for this soul-inspired 13 track body of work titled Matte Black Soul. Despite having already dropping a solid project (Dephacation) earlier this year, Awon’s return is remarkable, and the beats here are dope and engaging which ultimately brings out the best in the man.
Digging this from start to finish. Totally recommend this!
Check the Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies (Book Review)
The third and perhaps final volume in music journalist Brian Coleman’s Rakim Told Me/Check the Technique series of books of interviews with legendary spitters and beatmakers is my first encounter with Coleman’s series, and it’s such an exhaustive read it took me three months to finish. That’s because Check the Technique Volume 2 (Wax Facts Press; $14.99 for Kindle/$28.00 in paperback form) is a book that’s made for Spotify.
The best way to enjoy the Check the Technique series is to open Spotify to whatever album Coleman covers in each chapter and then keep it playing in your headphones while..
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Zilla Rocca – Rendezvous (World Around Single Series)
The latest track in World Around Record’s on-going Single Series is ‘Rendezvous’ by WIB favourite Zilla Rocca. This track is truthfully the kind I would skip on an LP; its just not the content I look for in rap. But there’s room for everything in this genre and it is an undoubtedly solid track regardless that bucks the stereotypical crassness of something like LL’s ‘Backseat‘ thanks to Zilla’s comparatively restrained account and Small Professor‘s smoothly intimate production.