“Initiation is a winning follow-up with its slight shift in tone pushing their music up another step with a more convincing conviction in the eerie, distinct layers.”
Bermondsey wordsmith, Young Mad B has been throwing his honest, passionate words about for the last few years via his 2010 debut album, Only One Me, and various mix tapes, such as 1Life1Goal1Dream and the first parts of the ‘Malbum’ series. But, his new album Stress Relief – the third part of the ’Malbum’ instalment – is daring enough to push him further into the prosperous whirlpool of South London rappers emerging right now.
Stress Relief features the musician’s collaboration with fellow I Records signee, Dru Blu, in ‘Find A Way’. Gigi Daai’s contribution on the emotive, piano driven ‘Big Homie’ expresses a more reflective side, while Emshey’s fluttering vocals on ‘Meditation’, paired with an electro beat, give it a glossier texture. The record lands on 18th November.
‘Find A Way’ feat. Dru Blu.
Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio has put out his second solo EP, ‘Mira’.
My review of Swearin’s second album, ‘Surfing Strange’ on Planet Notion.
“For a first EP, We Prefer It in the Dark is definitely an enticing collection, where everything works very well together. But, were Bat and Ball to just let loose a little more and experiment, a debut album could well be a wonder to behold.”
“Whatever you were up to, AMP feels like it sums up the summer, and it’s cruelly arrived – in the best possible way.”
I penned a few words about Japan’s number 1, ‘Hari Hari no Hanna’ by Not Yet, a sub-division of the world’s Largest Pop Group, AKB48.
“‘Nirvana’ brings an insight into the powerful beauty expressed Smith’s emotional vocals in under 15 minutes. The graceful production never outdoes the flawless vocal, highlighting Smith’s progression to artist in his own right.”