Luccini Sweets’ ‘Cosmic Salt’ EP is an intergalactic spiritual experience. With lush chords, ambient keys, deep bass and crisp unique percussion ‘Cosmic Salt’ boasts an idiosyncratic soundscape that conjures up feelings of bliss, infatuation, imagination, and ecstasy. The production lays the foundation for a musical journey that is both relaxing and engaging. Engaging beyond the point of solely sonics alone Luccini Sweets piques the curiosities of both the mind and spirit equally. ‘Inner Stellar’ is more than a witty play on words, or a self aggrandizing affirmation of a Rock Star persona. The track doubles as a detailed description of the 5th dimension sprinkled in with other esoteric knowledge. Tracks like ‘In The Mood’ still give a straight forward R&B vibe needed to set the mood when the time is right. Occasionally the atmosphere is felt on ‘Cosmic Salt’ simply by the instrumentals, the EP closer ‘Borealis’ concludes the project with a heartfelt instrumental that expands into stadium level chants overtop oscillating synths and alien-like basslines. Luccini Sweets closes the project with the same mysterious aura he opens it with. ‘Ethereal Haze’ introduces the listener to ‘Cosmic Salts’, a truly intriguing track that has a hauntingly beautiful vibe that will only evolve as the EP continues.
Kicking off the album Burny Kev opens up with with the anthem “Best Tape Next Tape” experimenting with flows over a crisp instrumental. The continuation of bangers proceeds with ‘Since 96’ boasting heavy bass, hard drums, stuttering hi hats and a hauntingly ominous piano loop. Burny Kev details his journey and lays down ground rules on his character and principals with his signature gritty delivery. The album ‘Chocolate Headed Baby” immediately hits listeners starting with a strong stride of street singles before shifting down a gear and taking a detour with the smoothness of the lush R&B infused ‘EZ’ featuring Sare’. ‘Quick Intermission’ is a prime example of Burny Kev’s dominance over his peers, over a subtle beat with a laid back pocket Burny Kev and Kayward trade rhymes showcasing their skills. ‘Deuteronomy” has Burny’s introspective side in focus, insights into his journey are delivered over a somber instrumental. Burny Kev has the full package, his raw and raspy delivery is on display throughout the entire album, his selection in instrumentals is versatile and vast with an ear for quality that sets the tone for each track. He can craft an anthem, deliver a detailed story, or just wow listeners with his wordplay. ‘My Little Baby’, ‘Feen For It’, and ‘Smooth Operator’ all showcase a suave side over slick production. The album is then capped off with “Small Talk” finding Kev reverting back to introspection and story telling, spitting street wisdom over a mellow instrumental with a soulful sample. All and all ‘Chocolate Headed Baby” is a flawless release that perfectly places Burny Kev miles beyond all his peers.
In his quest toward releasing 100 songs Vinyl-State’s latest offering is an interestingly ambiguous existential jam. Questioning a situation, relationship, or simply nature over sparse groovy surf-Rock instrumentation is an interesting combination for a catchy track that boasts depth, originality, and feeling. Soothing guitar riffs expand into infinity over top a driving drum beat that keeps time as the instrumental subtly evolves leaving an airy ambient pocket for electrifying guitar solos. ‘Ticking Days’ is much more than a one off single, it is a hypnotic tune that keeps the listener in a trance while melding the philosophical with the fun, a track that is perfect for both deep listening and surface level nonchalant bliss.
Lenken details an intimacy of connection over a pristine Pop instrumental that combines elements of Soul and R&B. More than a superficial love ballad Lenken’s latest single ‘Into Mine’ is an ode to deep limitless love. Stating the song is “about the deeper connection of a relationship. The intertwining of two souls. Feeding off each other in terms of energies.” Over energetic chords, subtle percussion that progresses to a crescendo of Trap and Hip-Hop hi hats, snares and snaps during the chorus, lush piano chords during an acoustic bridge, and harmonious melodies Lenken creates the feeling of pure joy and ecstasy. The perfect tune for any occasion Lenken’s keen ear for melody, song structure and relatable content make ‘Into Mine’ and immediate single masterpiece.
Off an intricately constructed instrumental Phi Of Khem crafts an introspective single. An intoxicating piano melody dissipates into the distance as a deep pulsating bass descends down and dance heavy guitar riffs and drums accompany the groove in a slowed down nod to disco. Lyrically ‘Back Home’ is deep and delivered with an honesty that is raw and revealing. Phi’s extensive EDM knowledge coupled with various reaching outer influences is the perfect recipe for a single that is creative, candid and climactic.