Album Review: Grinder – Oloff

If you’re a regular visitor to the blog and have heard OLOFF‘s previous releases, then you’ll know that he’s not your average rapper. To take his music to another level, OLOFF has recently dropped his experimental hip-hop album, ‘Grinder’, the first release he produced single-handedly.

A jarringly racy bass is the main feature of the seven-track set, which rips through the equally racy soundscapes, predominantly made up of rampant urban/EDM tones. The Bristolian, who usually sports a laid back and wayward flow, brings on a freestyle that’s delightfully aggressive which adds more spice to each track in the collection.

After recently listening to his previous albums, personally I wouldn’t say that ‘Grinder’ was OLOFF‘s best work, but I do admire his interpretation of alt-hip-hop and appreciate the amount of work and effort he has put into this mini collection.

Have a listen to ‘Grinder’ below:

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Album Review: T.H.B – ThBenj

Although it’s been the third or fourth time that THBENJ has appeared on NEW LEASE MUSIC, I will always associate the Italian rapper with track ‘Mumble Acid’ because of its infectiously rampant b-line and electronic effects on the vocals that gives the extra kick to the three minute sizzler. For that reason alone, I was very intrigued to see what he has cooked up in his solo debut album, ‘T.H.B’, released late last month.

The album possess a few banging tunes that can blow off the roof of any house party through, ‘Chasing Th Day’, ‘Manipulated’ and ‘Feelin’ It’. I have to say, then delving into his new project, I was caught off guard for a moment, as the theme of the 15-track set predominantly feature a more relaxed hip-hop/urban vibe with a kick of infectious b-line, featured in tracks, ‘Paranoid’, ‘Waiting For You’ and ‘ My Prayers To You.’

The biggest surprise was the concluding piece ‘Myself Again’ – an intimate setting with the acoustic guitar taking centre stage. THBENJ switches his usual kick-ass freestyle to a voice that’s so emotive and inviting –  I DID NOT expect that at all!

I have to hand it him, THBENJ did a blinding job on this debut project and it comes to no surprise that collection has already clocked up serious attention: ‘T.H.B’ is currently one of the top-selling hip-hop albums on Google Play in Italy.

So hit that play button on THBENJ‘s ‘T.H.B’ below. If you’re seriously into hip-hop, you won’t regret it:

Must Listens: Paranoid, Mumble Acid, Waiting For You, Thank You

Album Review: Superposition – Kill J

What I’ve always perceived of Art – pop songstress KILL J is that she is one of the few artists who truly pushes the boundaries and places pop music to another level, often with jarring and industrious bass line and contrastingly light tones.

Her latest album, ‘Superposition’ predominantly continues with the combo, but more stripped back, making those airy soundscapes barely audible, allowing (at times) the boisterous drive and quirky rhythmic tones to shine through.

Singles, ‘Second Chance’ and ‘Stutter’ breaks the album’s main theme with a full-bodied production, thanks to the industrious foundation and electronic backdrop. Often feathery light, KILL J‘s lets go of her secret weapon and provides those breathtaking moments through a touching ballad, ‘Moon Sick’ and piano-led, ‘This Is It Rowdy’, where her octave vocal range really brings both arrangements to life.

Although it’s more minimal than what I expected, ‘Superposition’ does provide interesting moments (for example, the rhythmic tones that resembles a raindrop, through ‘Cloud Chamber’). Furthermore, the album perfectly showcases her killer vocals…something I’ve never noticed before in her previous releases.

Have a listen to the album below:

Must Listen: Second Chance, Stutter, Moon Sick, This Is It Rowdy

Album Review: New Soul – Gold Complex

It took three years for Canadian band GOLD COMPLEX to perfect and defined their sound for their latest album, ‘New Soul’.

The album introduces, what can be described as, alternative R&B with a luscious lick of funk featured through single, ‘Homegirl’ and goes on to flaunt between various bluesy/nu soul elements  working in unison with the occasional presence of progressive pop/rock with questionably a hint of EDM (heard in single, ‘Meant to Dance.’)

From what I can remember, ‘New Soul’ is a slight shift from their neo-soul-centred signature, displayed in their previous self-titled album. Although there’s more elements of contrasting tones, the arrangements are still as harmonic as ever – pull together by those killer soulful vocals.

Check it out below:

Must Listens: Homegirl, Meant To Dance, New Soul

Album Review: P.E.A.C.E – Dizzy Rambunctious

Angelic overtones which chant over a boisterous drive, introduces DIZZY RAMBUNCTIOUS‘ latest (almost instrumental) album, ‘P.E.A.C.E.’

The project continues on the hypnotic tip, before venturing into the realms of hip-hop/boom bap in tracks ‘Change’ and ‘Boomerang’; the New Jersey producer enlisted some guest vocalists to add extra spice to the mentioned records. Further along the line, eleventh joint ‘Evolucionar’ breaks the hypnotic trance thanks to its playful and uplifting Latin flair.

If you’re looking for that great escapism from the daily hustle and bustle, well this 13-track collection is definitely an option. Check it out below:

Must Listens: Trust, Change, Boomerang, Quiet Place, Alone.