Raxstar ft DJ Harpz – “Poison (ZAIR)”

Dance, Dubstep, Grime, Hindi, Hip Hop, Panjabi, R&B, Rap, UK, UK Asian, Video

Score: 7.4

An interesting new one from Raxstar. Detailing an argument with his missus, the Bearded One flows well over a DJ Harpz beat that has clearly been inspired by Diplo and Skrillex. The breakdown works particularly well, and although the instrumental could have been a touch more well-rounded, it’s certainly a bit different from the norm. “Poison” is definitely worth your time. (Reviewed by Rahul)

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Free Mixtape: TaZzZ – “TaZzZMania2”

Bhangra, Burban, Dubstep, Hindi, Hip Hop, Panjabi, Pop, R&B, Rap, UK Asian

Score: N/A

Having downloaded and listened to the new mixtape from that little TaZzZMania-n Devil himself, you should probably check it out for free at this link. The first half is more compelling for you rap fans, while the second half basically gets pretty Bollywood. Go listen. (Posted by Jesal)

Beatboxer Ekko – “Never Be Enough” (Featuring Raxstar & Rita Morar)

Burban, Dubstep, Grime, Hip Hop, Pop, R&B, Rap, UK, UK Asian, Video

Score: 8.1

Produced by PKCthefirst, featuring subtly effective contributions from Beatboxer Ekko himself and Rita Morar, this is predominantly an opportunity to view the alternate side of Raxstar. Sometimes it is easy to forget – whether speaking as a fan or reviewer – that the Luton MC doesn’t just deliver tracks for the ladies. That may be because Raxstar’s currently in the midst of a genuinely productive era in his career – he is practically on the cusp of featuring in one brand new video every month, whether solo for dolo or as a guest. He’s firmly in the groove, and while the next step is releasing a genuinely solid album, his star is still rising. “Never Be Enough” is almost like that recent episode of “How I Met Your Mother” – the one called “The Over-Correction” where the characters go so hard the other way, it is both crazy and productive. Thus, we find our rapper almost snarling at the microphone throughout, and it most certainly works (the polar opposite of “Cold World”). Beatboxer Ekko has overseen a great record, here, and should really be putting it on iTunes – but it’s a free download. Generous chap. (Reviewed by Jesal)

TaZzZ – “Jhoom (Steel Banglez Remix)”

Burban, Dubstep, Grime, Hip Hop, Rap, UK Asian

Score: 6.0

Strange one here from TaZzZ and his cohorts. The beat is quirky and full of character – it may not necessarily be for everyone, but it has a subtle sparkle and a focus on melody above all. The sequencing also jumps all over the place, taking you by surprise in a most welcome way. However, the MC’s involved don’t really appear to be giving their all: TaZzZ does a solid enough job, but it’s not quite on par with some of his previous efforts; Words Ali has lyrics to burn, not to mention character, but seems a touch subdued; Immi has a great natural voice but the bars don’t do it justice this time round… And then, at 2:26 Raxstar pops up and for approximately 26 seconds straight rips the track, owns it and subsequently walks away with it. We don’t like to say it, but this would have been significantly better if this has been from the Luton MC alone. (Reviewed by Rahul)

T Virus – “Jupiter Son” (Featuring Kaly & RKZ)

Dubstep, Hip Hop, Rap, UK, UK Asian, USA

Score: 8.0

Sometimes an instrumental just has an inexplicable charm. Before you know it, a beat you initially wrote off has now icepicked a way into your skull, refusing to let go without a fight. T Virus achieves such a feat, even if it takes a while to realise it. RKZ does his usual “cocky delivery” thing, and it works well post-dubstep breakdown. But it is Kaly who really impresses here: his voice can initially grate, but it turns out great. This is a free download, and that makes it even more essential. (Reviewed by Jesal)

RKZ – “Gemineye’s Mind”

Burban, Dubstep, Hip Hop, R&B, Rap, UK Asian

Score: 6.6

We can totally understand why the reception to this latest offering from RKZ has been lukewarm at best: it could be described – and we say this with love – as “a bit wanky” artistically; the video is confusing (to pets and old people, not us); the beat is unconventional; RKZ utters countless profanities and says “bitch” a lot too. If we were a twelve year old girl, maybe the list could go on – regardless, it’s generally never a good sign when an artist has to explain the whole thing on Twitter. But the reality is that these opinions are the result of a cursory listen, and if one were to go deeper, they could start to appreciate that “Gemineye’s Mind” is a pretty fine song. The instrumental, in particular, is so subtly incredible, with an indelible melody; RKZ himself does pretty well, but the danger with role-playing on a song is that people just won’t understand, and when coupled with the vocals (where you sense he doesn’t fully commit) he perhaps should have just gone completely OTT. It’s another interesting twist in the story of this Luton native, and whilst it might not be for everyone, that doesn’t mean it is without quality. (Reviewed by Raman)

LYRICS:

(Verse One)
This is life that I’m living well,
thinkin’ twice ‘fore we show and tell.
I’m honestly amazed at how the world turns,
’cause the world has got so much to learn.
You see the stars are there to give us life,
we look up at night, can barely see the light.
So I look down, around, try find you.
But I can’t so I guess we’re inclined to..
Search the world for the right path,
decipher the cynics, right for the minute,
into the moment, controlling your own control,
evoking your inner spirit, we hear it.
Need to deliver, I fear it because I’m quicker.
But glimmers of hope are gone before I’d consider, us.
And though we’re bound to,
tear down the skies to find the, meaning of life and love,
I’m still divine to, be inside you.

(Chorus)
I’ll bring you here, then take your world,
and blow that shit apart,
so you’re mine girl, you’re my girl.
You’re mine girl, you’re my girl.

(Verse Two)
Ah,
I’m still here despite these parasites,
they can’t touch you like I,
my mind’s right, your mind’s mind,
I’ll swallow that fucking whole, in one go.
You’re promising me your soul.
My mind’s eye demands my mind’s time but lately,
I feel like I’m a fucking walking demise,
’cause I spend the whole day dreamin’,
while bitches spend the whole day schemin’.
And then, they question my entire fucking plight,
why focus on my entire fucking life?
Get your own, I spend mine tryna fuck the world to find her,
she gets so fucking jealous when I try to unwind her,
ain’t like I wine and dine her,
most of the time the world fucks me,
She’s the bitch. Fuck her, then fuck me.

(Chorus x2)

(Verse Three)
And every time I’m here, I see you there.
And your eyes see me, you feel,
you think, you really think that you like me.
But you don’t know if the world would allow this,
I’m not good for your ego – about this.
If you wanna be the girl you wanna be,
or fuck with dickheads, and never get around to seeing me,
the good (bad) guy.

I’ll bring you here, and take your..
and blow that shit apart,
so you’re my, you’re my girl,
you are..

Swami Baracus – “Hyper”

Burban, Dubstep, Grime, Hindi, Hip Hop, Rap, UK Asian

Score: 7.2

The first time you hear “Hyper” – the new Swami Baracus joint – you may well wonder what the hell is going on. The production just sounds weird, Swami B is spitting so fast at times that basically fuck knows what he’s actually saying and you’ll pretty miss out on 90% of what is on offer. However, once you accept the challenge of delving into the track, it swiftly takes shape and turns into a pretty impressive offering. The sample is subtle but inspired, and Kami K’s beat has a charming “Street Fighter II” feel to it (one could fully expect to see Chun Li or Ryu pop up in the video); the Barracuda gets his Busta Rhymes on, and is one of the few MC’s who could pull this off – that second verse is bewitchingly brilliant in its throwback feel. It’s the kind of song that is event-specific: that is to say, it would be awesome in certain situations like FIFA ’14, listening to whilst running (I can testify personally on that one) and, perhaps, in a club DJ set. If it is an indication of the quality level of Baracus’ forthcoming mixtape/album (“The Recipe”), then everything seems to be ticking along quite nicely. You can buy “Hyper” here. (Reviewed by Jesal)