#NewMusic from Bristol, England
Two of our favourites from 2017 combine in a Bristolian melting pot of awesomeness. Gabriel Gifford throws his Allergy Kid monikor aside to reveal a deeper, darker flavour to his production. This lays the base for Harvey Causon’s vocal to soar.
As the great Clay Davis once said… “Sheeeeeeeeit”. Top work gents. Hats off to this one.
Also heard on
Maya Law & Allergy Kid ‘Him & Her‘
Cabrakid ‘Busy With Another‘ / ‘Make This World Make Sense‘
Harvey Causon ‘Frisson‘
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#NewMusic from Norwich, England
We fell for the conscious lyrical streams of High Priest Cabrakan and the hip-hop flavoured shuffles produced by Allergy Kid when we reviewed their ‘Busy With Another‘ release late last year. So it was very pleasing to wake up this morning safe in the knowledge that there would be new Cabrakid music to binge on.
There’s an effortlessness to HPC’s flow that is almost soothing. You find that you cannot, not listen to what he has to say. Add to this the fact that you can follow his every word due to his on point annunciation, positions him as an emcee well above others in his peer group.
The production on this EP retains the smoky jazz bar feel of the previous release but brings in some more digital elements to blend with the analogue authenticity that resonates throughout.
There’s a Sa-Ra Creative Partners style bass bounce to ‘When I Need You’ that complements perfectly the vocal features of William Sanders and Zebedee.
The glassy, underwater feel of ‘Both Hands Free’ provides yet another perfect backdrop for the collection of voices that shine through. This time additional lines comes from (DnV favourite) Harvey Causon, William Sanders once again and froots.
Cabrakid ‘Make This World Make Sense’ is out now. You’d be a mug not to get a copy.
#NewMusic Nottingham, England
Thoughtful spoken word from the East of England (now residing in Nottingham) courtesy of Luke Peter Foster. Delivered over a bed of delicate guitar flourishes, gentle beats and ever so slightly discordant pianos. The ‘Even When It Pours’ EP is a marker in the map for an alternative rap movement that is gaining momentum daily in the UK.
If you like this, you’ll love fellow East Anglians (Angles, Anglanites …?) Maya Law, Allergy Kid and High Priest Cabrakan (together as Cabrakid).
So we wanted to round out the year with a return to Norfolk and bring you another bit of hot East Anglian property. No it’s not a beach house at Wells-next-the-Sea, it’s Cabrakid and their 2016 mixtape ‘Busy With Another’.
So, who dem!? Cabrakid are the combined efforts of producer Allergy Kid and wordsmith High Priest Cabrakan. We featured the former in our review of his double up with Maya Law – ‘Her or Him’ earlier this month. The latter also features on this mixtape but it is on ‘Busy With Another’ that he is given the space to let his talents truly shine.
From the upbeat opener ‘Where I Am’ to the murky depths of ‘Viera’, the dream like ‘Long Run’ right through to the saxophone smoothness of closing track ‘My Name’, the mixtape is rich with exquisitely extracted samples, personally reflective lyrics and a whole magic box of production tricks.
There is an accomplishment to the structures of the songs, chopping of samples, lyrical content and delivery that indicates a talent way beyond their current notoriety. Having supported the excellent Loyle Carner earlier this year, their sound is already being put on the right kind of bills to build the base that will pave the way to their musical stock growing.
Keep those ears peeled for more from these gents in 2017, apparently it’s forthcoming. For Dash ‘n’ Verve in 2016 though, it’s over and out.