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)
A powerful and effective new track from TaZzZ takes a while to grow from Jaaneman 2.0 into Teardrops 1.0. The piano, use of a female Indian vocalist, Raxstar and the subject matter… They all play on those obvious themes, and fortunately most of it works well. Rax drops a stellar verse, Rita Morar is incredible (although it would have been nice to hear more of her, variety-wise) and the star himself is solid enough. TaZzZ’s delivery is, perhaps, a touch too angry for the overall tone of “Teardrops” and I’d argue that the drums slightly overwhelm the orchestration, but that’s admittedly nit-picking. This will find an audience. (Reviewed by Jesal)
And as an added bonus, here is the Unplugged version which, for our money, works better in almost every way (even the video, perhaps). The aforementioned orchestration is suddenly brought to life with only the occasional timpani for company. Excellent stuff. Rita Morar has incredible eyebrow control, FYI.
Apart from the needless Chelsea references from TaZzZ (seriously, people, it’s all about Liverpool), he returns with a bang as “Shutdown” proves to be an irrepressible anthem – and possibly TaZzZ’s best offering thus far. DJ Surinder Rattan delivers an incredible instrumental, allowing TaZzZ to flow with well-considered bars. Immi’s vocals are on point, and the two shun the need for a chorus, opting instead to let their DJ do his thing in the alloted space. The self-proclaimed “lyrical supremacy” is a bit hyperbolic, but hey this is hip hop – sometimes you just need to shout your message from the rooftops. Considering this is a free download, you need to go get this shit. ASAP. (Reviewed by Jesal)
The interesting thing about TaZzZ is that innate ability to create his own universe. He constantly cross-references his own music, inviting both the listener and other artists into his own world. Clearly he’s pretty tight with Immi, an throwback MC who isn’t technically brilliant but has bags of character alongside a naturally distinctive voice. “Fire” is an interesting effort: well-sequenced, energetic and it bangs pretty hard. Sure, the chorus and bars aren’t anything special, but altogether it’s solid enough. (Reviewed by Jesal)
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)
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)
A chilling car crash of a mess here from Offlicence. Aside from the bizarre infatuation with Audi, Trilla’s contributions are jarringly bad; Offlicence themselves are plain awful; Panjabi MC, we assume, Skyped in the beat (which is pretty much the only redeeming feature). We watch and listen to all this shit so that you don’t have to. Avoid. (Reviewed by Sohail)