Cyrus Malachi - Ancient Future

Cyrus Malachi – Ancient Future

Malachi’s relentless flow style is evident on this 20 track saga, combining retelling and prophesy over a British take on the darker side to east coast US boom bapĀ  from Chemo, Endemic, Beat Butcha and more.

Malachi’s relentless flow style is evident on a 20 track saga

A huge list of guests – M9, Letia Larok, Bronze Nazareth, Kevlaar 7, June Megalodon, Ruste Juxx, Darkim Be Allah, Killa Sha, Kyza Smirnoff, Iron Braydz and Cipher Jewels – feature on this unashamedly bleak offering, which at the same time has glints of light and softness. At times it feels as though the same subject matter is dwelled on more times than it can cope with; the LP would probably benefit from some trimming.

For fans of the grittier side of hip hop, though, this is a solid offering. Multiple listens are rewarded with hearing new ideas and points, an increasingly rare virtue of emcees nowadays.

Rewd Adams - Rewd Awakening

Rewd Adams – Rewd Awakening

Rewd Adams is getting to the stage where the ‘formerly known as Skandal’ tag is no longer required when describing him, and in order to bang the final nails into that coffin he’s just about to drop a free LP. The generous 13 track’s major themes revolve around Rewd’s determination in spite of obstacles laid in his path, whether in the form of of circumstances or other people standing in his way.

major themes revolve around Rewd’s determination in spite of obstacles laid in his path

‘Onwards and upwards’ is the overarching philosophy to the collection, perhaps best illustrated by tracks like I Know, and it’s a refreshing change of tack in the face of so many rappers who seem to be constantly at loggerheads with someone or something.

Stylistically there’s a mix of soul samples, spacey synth beats and crunchy orchestral sections courtesy of Jon Phonics, M-Phazes, Beat Butcha, Sivey, Ed Strong, Loudmouth Melvin and Jetsun. There’s a fairly homogenous middling tempo to the LP, which is a shame considering 2009′s Hunger Pains mixtape showed off Adams’ range and capabilities with double time and half time flows, but nevertheless Rewd keeps things interesting throughout, assisted by guest appearances from Klashnekoff, P Money, Black the Ripper, and the vocal talents of Graziella and Neenah.

Production values to all the tracks are high, with crisp, well balanced mix downs providing clear vocals, thundering bass and smooth highs.

Rewd Awakening will be available to download for free from Rewd Adams’ site on the 5th of February… Keep an out out for an interview with Rewd on Oh Drat, published soon.

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