Reviews

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Review of the week

p – Z – Reallo

The rising UK Rap sensation Reallo is back with another banger for your playlists. Hailing from Nottingham, Reallo is a promising new up and comer, and he is not holding back with this new track ‘p-Z’ The track offers a unique flow and rhyme style, he eloquently uses the alphabet within his rhyme scheme. However, he puts in a clever twist with this as he starts with the letter ‘P’. This signifies that ‘P’ (money) always comes first whether you are a rising rap star or 9-5 average worker, ‘P’ should always comes first. The music video is also one for the books, he shoots it around his hometown of Nottingham with his style matching the track cover of yellow and black. This track is different to what he has made before, referring to tracks such as ‘PING!’ and ‘Anti Social’, both which are available to stream on your desired streaming service. With already smashing the 100,000 play mark on Spotify, Reallo is one star to look out for.

Recognised for his ability to blend blues, rock, and soul with ease, Hozeire’s ambitious sixteen-track album showcases his extensive vocal range and occasionally achieves a cinematic scope with his gospel undertones. With its melancholic voice and captivating guitar work, the two-part “De Selby” captures listeners’ attention right away and demands that they listen in wonder. The song begins with a acoustic intro that sets the stage for Hozeire’s amazing vocals, which are layered over an orchestral accompaniment and have a western vibe that makes it sound like it could be from a recurring drama. Most remarkably, the singer-songwriter expands on his sound in the second half by singing in Gaelic. One of the record’s darkest pieces, “Francesca,” concentrates on the agony of exposing one’s soul to the world and proves musically that Hozeire is skilled at creating a slow and exciting burn.

Sailing to you – Hozeire
Not waving but downing – Doyle Carter

The general public should be familiar with Doyle Carter (born Benjamin Gerard Coyle-Larne), who appeals to rap, indie-alternative, and all other genres of music; his gigs have been selling out for years. After the popularity of his debut album “Yesterday’s Gone,” it is a treat to finally have a second album of work, which has a lot to live up to. The album has the same tender, heartfelt quality as the first and includes a note of gratitude for his mother and girlfriend. Putting aside what seems like a corny album title, Doyle’s music is incredibly heartfelt and profound in addition to being a pleasure to listen to. It has been difficult for me to choose my favourite five songs. However, I do suggest listening to the album as a whole because that is when it works best due to the ongoing storyline.

Even without the rush of fantastic pre-released tracks, DJ Marki’s career has been rapidly and consistently rising over the past few years, so this debut is much anticipated. 192 Sessions by DJ Marki (actual name Joshua Markinnie) is sure to delight his fans. It’s a diversified and just plain enjoyable record. Marki establishes himself at the cosiest, most natural end of the electronic music spectrum right away in the first track, “Title.” Next comes “Deadbeat Gospel,” a combination of spoken word and stammering house that is literally (though most definitely not metaphorically) phoned in from Northern Irish poet somedeadbeat. It sounds a lot like the 2021 release of For Those I Love, but instead of mourning, it trades in a deep rhapsody and compares dance music’s blessings to a religion. The album’s last track, “Define Dancing,” features a clave beat, looping vocals, tinkling bells, and tempo-shifting synths that pop in and out of the mix. The following tracks maintain this playful intensity throughout.

192 Sessions – Dj Marki
Just cause y’all waited 2 – Present

Who will save the soul of Present? On Just Cause Y’all Waited 2, the drill veteran sounds like he’s about to cry and is about to pass out in the recording booth, his voice trembling with agony. No one who has been observing will be taken aback. On Just Cause Y’all Waited 2, you can forget about experiencing catharsis because Present doesn’t want to oversimplify things or give false optimism in his songs. His allegiance is to the residents of Chi-Town (Chicago), regardless of his assertions to be based out of Atlanta these days. With features from rap veterans Polo G, Lil Baby and Gunna, this perfectly orchestrated album has the perfect divide of pain and prosperity. The last track on the album ‘Fabricated’ is a personal reflection on Lil Dirk and all the pain he has felt, wether it was from back stabbing ‘friends’ to his closest family members being incarcerated.