Continuing his streak Lose.Me drops ‘Different I Be’. A romantic ballad that showcases his versatility in delivery. Over a lush mellow mid-tempo instrumental with soft distant chords, crisp Trap percussion, and sped up altered soul vocals muted behind deep pulsating bass Lose.Me nonchalantly flows. With his in-and-out idiosyncratic approach ‘Different I Be’ is not only a confession to his significant other it is a mission statement for his signature musical style. ‘Different I Be’ is equally intriguing and intoxicating, with a sparse delivery and a keen ear for production Lose.Me crafts the perfect rider music while retaining all authenticity.
Over a haunting beat with booming 808 bass, crisp percussion, and ambient keys Lose.Me delivers his unique style. With an idiosyncratic approach Lose.Me flows over ‘Headaches’ with witty one-liners, clever hooks, melodic melodies, and background falsetto crooning. ‘Headaches’ is a stand out single that displays an authenticity and originality that is much needed in music. A one of a kind approach that is easily acceptable as it is intriguing and innovative.
With his signature grit and raw delivery Levi Lee’s latest release ‘Outlaw’ is a powerful rebel anthem. Blending modern sounds with original Country style Levi Lee bridges a grand gap while boasting his versatility. The lush production is smooth and crisp, alternating between programmed percussion with rapid fire hi hats immediately and flawlessly into a live crashing drum kit with ease. Heavy guitar riffs and booming bass all add to the raw ambiance that is ‘Outlaw’. Levi Lee is a new artist with Southern pride, authenticity, and a strong musical knowledge who is sure to make a huge impact in the industry.
Subtle Shift’s latest release ‘Somber Frequencies‘ is a sonic journey into distant realms. The opener ‘Sojourn’ expands at a crawling pace, slowly but surely blossoming into a complex ambient existence. Distant soft pads reverberate in the background as subtle percussion eventually pulsates in accompanying sporadic keys that chime at a rapid pace. All elements combine for a blissful experience that is transcendent. The soundscape draws inspiration from dub, electronica, ambient and drone all while maintaining an authenticity and honesty that almost transcends music. The listener is placed in a meditative state from the first track and as ‘Somber Frequencies’ morphs and grows each echoing sound expands the mind. The seamless flow drifts from ‘Organic Manifestations’ to ‘Sunlit Depths’ almost lending the flow-state achieved in creation by Subtle Shift directly to the listener. ‘As Clouds Move Inland’ begins with heavy tonal sounds hauntingly reverberating in a deep spacious sonic chasm. The almost Alien-like sounds shift from uncanny to organic as distant drum breaks filter in and lush pads fill up the space. The mystical feel hits it’s spiritual apex on ‘Voyage’ with angelic pads that are a blend between the human voice and pure instrumentation, powerful synthesizers with triumphant chord proclamations, and rapid fire hi hats keeping time for precisely programmed percussion. ‘Forsta Sno (1st Snow)’ plays as a victory lap and Savasana, soft chords and keys echo above sparse percussion as the listener slowly re-enters reality. ‘Somber Frequencies’ is a truly amazing release that is able to generate a state of euphoria in the listener solely from sound.
Bloody Monk Consortium (Labal-S & Leeroy Destroy) returns with the new LP ‘Sumo Monk’. The first release since the passing of Labal-S. They return with a heavy dose of their signature raw underground hardcore Hip-Hop. The album opener and title track ‘SumoMonk’ is laced with a gritty beat by producer Luger Lex, dusty drum breaks lay the rhythm underneath a mystic loop of plucked ancient strings. Lyrically the fire is felt over top this signature soundscape and sets the tone for the full album. ‘The Ghost Of Tsushima’ continues the mood, an amalgamation of lush ambient Asian melodies, samples, and raw crunchy breakbeats. Coal assists on the hard hitting ‘Hammer Fist’ with a rapid fire flow and war ready instrumental, the hardcore Hip-Hop is on full display. Each track crafts a dark mood and lyrically is laced with double entendres, witty punchlines, obscure references, and street wisdom. ‘Saki Bomb’ acts as a training session in a dojo with Labal-S giving out lessons. The album concludes with ‘FreeRayzWaltz’ a somber end note with a message recorded over ambient strings, and ancient flutes. Wrapping the entire project up to a poetic end before the victory lap of heavy drums come knocking in for the final verses. In just nine tracks Blood Monk Consortium’s ‘Sumo Monk’ shows why they are Hip-Hop heavy weights.