“No More” is an ode to black culture and the love for hip-hop and we hear Ian Kelly, Champ Green, D. Bledsoe, Blvck Achilles and Roux Shankle all form the perfect alliance and declare “Somebody stepped in the door, waving the 44- we don’t wanna hear that weak shit no more/Step in the room got everybody involved, put your hands up and just get on the floor”. The song is bolstered by lively Gospel/soul textures made up of rich keys, warm pads and rousing drum grooves to boot. “Table For 5” is a feel-good celebratory jam that brings together Champ Green, D.Bledsoe and Blvck Achilles. The trio delivers solid verses filled with bravado and insight as they bask in splendour after a hard day’s work. Lyrics like “With all these white lights, they be flashing out, gotta stay sharp like a fashion show/Hey, Table for 5 but I gotta raise, we on the highway MacArthur Maze” cements the group’s mantra on this one.
“Switching Lanes” is a conceptual track that fuses 3 different beats together for rappers Champ Green, D. Bledsoe, Blvck Achilles. The first verse has a gloomy and moody soundscape, the second verse has an upbeat horn-laden vibe while the last verse feels like a scene from a retro spy flick and all these parts are conjoined by a vocal scratched hook that utilizes classic lines from rappers like Freeway, KRS One, Saigon, Busta Rhymes, Audio Two and others. This is followed by the mellow and contemplative “Dealin Art” which dwells on the crew’s daily grind. This is explained in detail by D. Bledsoe, Champ Green, Ian Kelly, Roux Shankle and Kate Lamont.
The project closes out with “Thank You Have A Nice Day” a straight-up slapper featuring nearly every member flexing their skills. Over a glorious soulful backdrop, Jane Handcock, D. Bledsoe, Champ Green, Ian Kelly and Roux Shankle share their respective stories and give listeners refreshing bars that range from personal, feel-good, reflective and bravado.
Blvck Saturday is available now for streaming through all major DSPs via Table 5 Music Group.