Montreal based emcee Jonathan Emile gifts us with this end of the year project titled Phantom pain. Said project is an 8 track body of work that bridges the old and the new by blending traditional hip-hop, trap, experimental sounds along with his knack for crafting rich melodious hooks around any soundscape afforded him.
Prior to this release, Jonathan Emile released about 4-5 singles which pretty much showed the change of direction and helped set the tone for what to come. The sounds here are broody, dark and somewhat off kilter. The neo soul vibes (that I was accustomed to) was pretty much discarded as it won’t really fit the overall theme of this project but nevertheless you can always get said vibes anytime Jonathan sings over the new age canvass presented here. The features are less than a handful with label mate Cee and Natasha Marie vocally assisting while Ezra Lewis lends his guitar skills as well.
What can I say, it’s always nice to see artists diversifying and broadening their musical range in order to properly express themselves and this is pretty much a solid example so hit the play button, stream it and BUY it via the various links below.
Stream on Spotify: bit.ly/JEPPSpotify
Download on iTunes: bit.ly/JEPPiTunes
Stream on Apple Music: bit.ly/JEPPApple
Twenty sixteen saw Jonathan drop eight singles + music videos, lecture at schools, land numerous acting gigs in movies and television, win a court case against Universal Music,TDE and Interscope Records over the unlawful takedown of his 2015 breakout single “Heaven Help Dem” featuring Kendrick Lamar, and to close the year out, Emile releases his second full length project “Phantom Pain“.
“Phantom Pain” is like an echo of things lost. It’s a big part of what I experienced battling cancer. It’s a loss of faith, innocence and certainty. The whole project is a dark commentary on struggle and what it means to lose something and continue pushing forward; being changed by time itself. A lot of it is inspired by existentialism and phenomenology. So much of life is about making it through adversity, knowing parts of yourself are gone forever and understanding how that changes your very existence.
“Phantom Pain” is where your heroes are exposed as frauds, your abilities are slowly handicapped and the truth is revealed as exhausting and complex. I grapple with survivor’s guilt, inner frustrations, grievances with industry and knowing the world itself has taken a major turn for the worse.” – Jonathan Emile
The project takes a darker turn than Jonathan‘s previous work, and features a melange of vets and up-and-comers, including 17 year old producer Lowgo, 18 year old vocalist Ezra Lewis, guitarist Dylan Lazarus, MC/vocalist Natasha Marie, producers Young Kico, Dandeezyand Cee Goods, and Australian expats/labelmates Cee (on vocals) and Notion (on the