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.

TB vs Jon Phonics EP

The TB vs Jon Phonics EP

I’m starting to think we need a new way to describe work like this – despite being called an EP it comes in at 11 tracks totalling 33 minutes. I’ve heard shorter albums. Regardless, the quality is consistent throughout – perhaps not fidelity wise but certainly musically.

despite being called an EP it comes in at 11 tracks totalling 33 minutes. I’ve heard shorter albums.

There was enough change to keep things interesting, with a couple of standout tracks like Reach For the Top, whose video game aesthetic trades well with the pensive, expansive sound of Changes. A couple of nice features, including Sir Smurf Lil, Raggo Zulu Rebel, Mr Drastik and Yasine ensure T Bear’s flows stay fresh over the course of the EP.

You can download the album here

T Bear – Changes ft Yasine by Oh Drat

Jon Phonics 'Half Past Calm 2'

Jon Phonics – Raw Ingredients

Jon Phonics’ Half Past Calm 2 LP dropped this Summer filled with bangers, and this track, which features Jehst and Cyrus Malachi, was one of the standouts. Fierce drums and stark, hammer horror-esque chords provide the ominous sounding backdrop to Malachi and Jehsts’ dominating flows, and a video has just been released to further drag you into the darkness – literally.

Fierce drums and stark, horror movie-esque chords provide the ominous sounding backdrop to Malachi and Jehsts’ dominating flows

Splicing between shots of a pulsing light bulb which seems to act as a conduit for the ferocious energy of the track and an interior scene showing the team preparing a very special product – the limited run screen printed CD of Half Past Calm 2, black and white never felt more fitting a choice of film.

Half Past Calm 2 is available for purchase from YNR as download or limited screen pressed CD.

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