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The Hypnosis Detox By Avi Jay D Dives Into Poetry And Reveals A Unique Type Of Storytelling

13 Aug

Upon listening to Avi Jay D, one can sense that this musician is full of words and effortlessly pairs them up together in a story within his songs. Integrating science within his lyrics in a subtle way, listeners can get lost in his spoken word. With references as well to mindfulness, the state of being, and the wide variety of emotional experiences and dialog, listeners anticipate more. Reminiscent as well of 90s rock and film scores, Avi Jay D creates an atmosphere within his music. His music can be comparable to Childish Gambino, Spooky Black, and the electronica undertones of Islands. An interesting detail that stands out amongst his music is how The Hypnosis Detox travels through different dimensions within the album. With a strong attention to lyrical complexities and a steadfast commitment to creating something unique within the spoken word and hip hop worlds, The Hypnosis Detox takes you into another realm of experiences.

For more listening:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/1NzEZqhUAsRYWteK9K4zrE

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How Festivals Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Hip-Hop

9 Sep

Something strange happened once Eminem completed his recent headline set at the Reading and Leeds festival a couple of weeks ago. As the final rousing chorus of Lose Yourself faded away, hip hop officially become part of the British musical landscape.

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Let me back up a little bit. Eminem had previous headlined Reading & Leeds (henceforth called R&L to save my fingers) in 2001. However, it is one thing for an artist to be booked when they’re a cultural phenomenon, and quite another when they’re a veteran of the genre. Many British festivals and magazines opened their arms to Eminem while he was at his height. Booking him 12 years on shows the confidence festivals organisers have in his huge back catalogue of work.

Unlike the USA, where rap is so mainstream Jay-Z can host his own festival, hip hop’s traditionally faced a lot of resistance in Britain. Back when Jay-Z headlined Glastonbury in 2008, many people were sceptical. Noel Gallagher claimed: “I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It’s wrong.” Jay-Z ended up receiving rave reviews for his performance, managing to please both the hardcore fans and those who only knew the chorus to 99 Problems. However, Glastonbury was always far more diverse than traditional rock festivals like Reading & Leeds.

If you need more evidence, look further down the billing at R&L this year. A$AP Rocky and Azealia Banks both performed the penultimate slots on the NME Stage on different days. Neither are household names but both have cult followings. On smaller stages, you could find a whos-who of up-and-coming talent, such as Chance the Rapper, Angel Haze, Earlwolf and Action Bronson. You could quite easily have spent the whole weekend there without hearing a single guitar.

This breakdown of genre barriers isn’t limited to rap. Melvin Benn, the organiser of R&L, recently tipped Chase & Status as future headliners. Electric music is another genre experiencing a huge boom but this will still come as a surprise to the festivals’ hardcore rock fans; the emphasis seems to be less on promoting what people expect and simply putting good bands on.

Eminem may be the greatest crossover rapper ever, partly owing to his rebellious hits aimed at suburban teens and partly no doubt due to his skin colour. However, the fact remains he has opened plenty of doors in the UK and it surely won’t be long before hip hop superstars like Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar step through them. 

Fip Fok Warriors – CoCo and the Butterfields

30 Jul

Warriors

 

 

It should come to no surprise that Coco and the Butterfields is from Canterbury, a historic English cathedral city; the band’s music is downright regal. As the photograph (an eclectic amalgam of Pocahontas and Braveheart) above suggests, the band combines traditional English pop with pastoral folk and gritty hip/hop to create a tremendous sound that has not only sparked its own derivative genre (“Fip Fok” – folk/pop/hip-hop) but also has expanded the ears of listeners while sucking them into an infectious sound. What? Did I look into the picture too much?

It should go without repeating that I am a big fan of what Coco and the Butterfields is creating, but, heck, I’m going to bedizen the group with flashy adornments of praise. The music is fresh and original. Original is an understatement. The five-piece band combines the folk prowess of Micah Hyson (double bass) and Rob Wicks (banjo) with the filthy and fresh beatbox stylings of Jamie Smith. Folk and beatbox? It takes a rare breed of band to pull off that stunt successfully. Just take a listen to the band’s glorious cover of “Just a Dream” by Nelly. It is unconventional (almost humorous in its musical absurdity), but after the initial shock sets in, it is not difficult to imagine the song being a Coco original. This is the mark of a great band.

“Warriors” takes effervescent to a new level. The music is off-the-bubbly-charts. If you do not have the sudden urge to get up, jump up and down, and sing along to the track than something must be terribly wrong with you. In a style similar to fellow countrymen Skinny Lister, Coco and the Butterfields combine a traditional folk instrumental with fresh elements. “Warriors,” though, maintains a unique theatrical feel that creates a big-screen appeal. It also maintains a dangerous contagiousness that invokes constant repetition of the song…seriously. The song is a gem. This band needs to make its way to the Big Apple, so I can hear the song live – yes, I’m selfish. Heck of a song from one heck of a band.

Get on the Coco and the Butterfields train. Follow the band on its Website, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

The True Meaning of Galore Rock

25 Apr

The Rockers Galore

Galore means abundance or plentiful amounts. If you have food and drinks galore, you have a party on your hands. Hopefully, you also have some music by Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore to accentuate your bacchanal! Most bands stretch the truth with a band name (they are not really Eagles), but The Rockers Galore truly serve a massive helping of every facet of rock: pummeling electric guitar, swift percussion, hip/hop vocals, and potent horns. And, most importantly, the music blends together and goes down smooth like a toasted lager and some chips and salsa.

The Rockers Galore, a Reggae/ Hip Hop band from Philadelphia, PA, was founded in 2008 by multi-instrumentalist Blayer Pointdujour. The Rockers Galore recently released their new album The Bull (mixed and mastered at Milkboy the Studio formerly Larry Gold, The Roots, Common, Kanye West).

“1804” combines horns borrows from The Skatalites’ “Rock Fort Rocks” with a panoply of guitar and percussion. The lyric is genuine and it helps form a puissant piece. Perhaps most impressive is the effective balancing act that The Rockers Galore are able to achieve in this song. The wide array of sounds can be intimidating if not organized well, and The Rockers Galore are able to provide a “controlled madness.”

“Mansion Party” features constant rhythm – a fun mix of horns and rock – almost Mexican influences. The music plays like upbeat Ska.

Check out more about The Rockers Galore by visiting the website and Facebook of the band.

 

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