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I’ve been having a lot of conversations with friends lately about the state of the hip-hop music scene and we all pretty much agree that hip-hop is in a renaissance of sorts. Sure there are still leagues more bad rappers than good ones, but there are a lot more talented rappers and artists putting out music these days than a few years ago. A Yellow Man are the latest group to showcase the great scene bursting in the U.K. right now lead by artists like Rejjie Snow, King Krule and Young Fathers. A Yellow Man are a trio that make the incredibly soulful and atmospheric hip-hop that we’ve come to expect from the U.K. It probably helps that the female member of the group has an amazing singing voice. Listen to more A Yellow Man at their youtube…
Jamie Isaac is a 17 year old musician from London, who you may know of as an occasional collaborator with Archie Marshall. Isaac’s music is extremely dissonant, frequently based around heavily reverbed piano chords with delicate and faded percussion in the background, and emotive lyrics every once in a while. On his bandcamp page, Isaac says that his music serves as an “escape” which although sounds like a cliché at first, makes a lot of sense, considering how much emotion seems to be packed into each track. Below you can listen to one of my favorite tracks from him “Softly Draining Seas.” and below that link to his bandcamp for a few more tracks.
Not every King Krule fan is aware of this, but he is one of those awesome David Byrne-esque musicians who can create music of many different genres extremely well. Everyone knows that he is awesome at writing Brit-Rock/Blue Wave music, if you frequent The Up-Turn, you know that he is also a hip-hop maestro and occasional rapper, and now he has released an awesome sample of some extremely well-executed jazz he has made under the DJJDSports monicker. “Greener Delphing” kind of takes all of those awesome, slightly jazzy chord changes you can find on The King Krule EP and extends them into a whole thought. I can’t wait for his next full project.
Information on Only Real is pretty scarce but one listen to ‘Cadillac Girl’ shows off the only important fact about the project, Only Real is really good. ‘Cadillac Girl’ is an atmospheric, guitar-lead piece that has the same intimate and lounge feel as King Krule, which give them even more in common than being two young red heads with solo projects based out of England. I’m rarely a fan of singers pulling a sing/rap routine but as Only Real jumps between a low croon and a rap inflection he never stumbles and the song remains a great listen. The track is earning some well deserved buzz for Only Real so hopefully we’ll hear some more material coming soon. Listen to more at their soundcloud…