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.
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)
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)
Damn fine effort from Words Ali here. “Long Overdue” lives up to the hype, as we find the lyricist dovetailing superbly with one of the most perfectly understated instrumentals TaZzZ has helmed thus far. Both the beat and Ali’s vocals have a truly hypnotic quality that leaves you reaching for the replay button as soon as the brief 3:16 number is up. The MC in particular has a genuinely interesting voice, with quirky inflections and impressive flows, and he plays off the subtleties of the music so cleverly that it will take a few listens to reveal the various layers. Quite brilliant. (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)
TaZzZ pulls a slightly sneaky one here, although it is well within his rights to do so – naturally, he provides the beat, but on his opening verse, he also steals the show with the most energetic and translatable verse on display. The beat itself is solid as opposed to spectacular, but it has an undeniable brute charm. The guest MC’s are variable: Words Ali is a good lyricist, but doesn’t seem vocally suited to this particular instrumental (at the very least, the sample could have been lowered in volume to accommodate his voice); anchorman Immi actually comes across best in some ways, his commanding demeanour grabbing the track by the scruff of the neck. All in all, it’s pretty good, but perhaps just misses that lasting appeal. (Reviewed by Rahul)