Oh Drat February Podcast

Oh Drat Podcast February 2011

It’s that time again – the Oh Drat Podcast’s February edition is here, with another eclectic selection for your enjoyment. Don’t forget you can subscribe to the podcast and get any you may have missed directly in iTunes, and please use the comments section to voice your opinion!

1. Do Re Mi ft Leone Evans – Rossington Code
2. Debilos ft Anqui – Turn My Clock (Check One remix)
3. Purity Ring – Ungirthed
4. Rewd Adams – I Know
5. Amalia – All the Funk I Need
6. Kadija Kamara – I’m Endeavoured
7. Jaque Polynice – Obama O’s (Mike Slott remix)
8. Sleepover – Fucking Evil
9. Porches – December’s Sweating

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Rewd Adams

Interview: Rewd Adams

Rewd Adams fired onto the UK hip hop scene in 2009 as Skandal with his Hunger Pains mixtape, which made huge waves in both underground and mainstream channels – even getting record of the week status from UK broadsheet The Independent, a rare accolade for a mixtape. 18 months and a name change down the line, I had a chat with Rewd about his new LP Rewd Awakening, his burgeoning production talents, the importance of progression, and more…

Oh Drat: So, what was the motivation for giving Rewd Awakening out for free?

Rewd Adams: Okay… I still need to establish a fanbase, you know? People may have heard my music and like what I do, but, you know… someone like Lowkey has a fanbase; him being a great artist and pushing a great message has really helped that. By getting my music out there for free I can expose my music to more people, which will hopefully build up a fanbase, and I get to build a mailing list off the back of a free download as well, so when it comes to me releasing a video on YouTube or putting something out on iTunes I can hit up those people on the mailing list… just keep building something.

OD: Gotcha. Do you see that as the way forward, as far as the music ‘business’, so to speak, is concerned – is it all built around that now?

RA: I’m not very good at knowing the ‘markets’ as far as what’s good for certain artists and so on, but I think to build a good career with some longevity you’ve gotta have a fanbase, haven’t you? Especially if you’re going to do it DIY.

“I write about the things I write about because it helps me rise above and get over things”

OD: Definitely. One of the themes I got from the content of the album is sort of a philosophical approach, rising above things seems to be a topic you come back to…

RA: I think that’s more me hoping and wishing I can rise above things, um, because I let things get to me – which is obviously why I write about the things I write about because it helps me rise above and get over things. I didn’t set out to do it like that, we had a load of tracks that I’ve done over the past year that we whittled down to something more cohesive, more concise, with similar themes, you know? So I think that’s why we’ve ended up coming out with that sound. I’m happy with it though, definitely.

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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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Rewd Adams – Questions

Rewd Adams is the man who was formerly making waves as Skandal, but the name change certainly hasn’t done his skills a lick of harm. His new single Questions, with a video below, is deservedly drumming up support for his forthcoming project.

A lush, reverb drenched backdrop complements Rewd’s introspective side, as he poses rhetoric on some of the whys and wherefores of life’s trials.

A lush, reverb drenched backdrop complements Rewd’s introspective side, as he poses rhetoric on some of the whys and wherefores of life’s trials. Building to a rousing conclusion, there’s a taste of what to expect from the versatile emcee on his new project – Rewd, or Adams, whichever is the preferred shorthand, built a reputation as being able to convey the gamut of emotions with his flow on last year’s Hunger Pains mixtape (mixed by DJ MK). Look out for the free mixtape Ready To Diet, and album Rewd Awakening…

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