Mixing savage lyrics with a haunting, cinematic sound, this enigmatic duo deliver potent songs for surreal times. A heady air of dislocation envelops Drab City’s debut album, where songs of innocence and experience merge with dub, hip-hop, dream-pop and jazzy soundtrack vibes to intoxicating effect. Drab City are fixated on social alienation, violent revenge, and (perhaps) romantic love as salvation; topics not new in music, but listening to Drab City in 2020, one is struck by how uncommon they’ve become.
London-based artist and producer Subculture recently unveiled his mixtape I Dream of Everything via his own label Twisted Heart Records. The release is home to twelve mesmerising tracks that encapsulates his fascinating sound that delicately blends elements of electronic music, jazz, hip-hop and more. I Dream of Everything also sees Subculture pair up with Tertia May, Desta French, Hemi Moore, Louis VI, Rachel Chinourini, Grand Pax, Goya Gumbani, Cold Callers and Stella Talpo. He takes us through the influences behind the release below.
Nigeria’s Burna Boy who, unlike many of his peers, is a master at not only blending sounds of West Africa, but also incorporating elements of dancehall and hip-hop to create afro-fusion, a sub-genre that he’s found himself the face of. Though he’d been actively working at this meshing since his first mixtape, 2011’s Burn Notice, his work reached new heights with 2018’s Outside.
In the past few years, Afro-fusion singer Burna Boy has gone from Nigerian superstar to international sensation. With the recent release of his fourth studio album, African Giant, the Nigerian singer born Damini Ogulu has delivered a swaggering, electric, and passion-fueled statement that lives up to the towering persona being put forth at its outset.
South Central L.A. rapper and singer Duckwrth returns with another dose of wavey neo-soul vibes. His ability to blend different genres and still deliver a dope flow makes him such an underrated dude in the current music scene. There’s no doubt he’ll be on everyone’s playlist in the near future.
The prolific MC, producer and musician Oddisee’s new album ‘The Iceberg’ is a plea for humanity to dig deeper in search of understanding and common ground. His third release in just 12 months, ‘The Iceberg’ is a distillation of stereotypical tropes in hip-hop and beyond, 12 tracks about money, sex, politics, race and religion that appear superficial until his multi-dimensional lyrics unfurl to expose the complexities of individuality and identity: how we see ourselves and how others see us. Deeply soulful, and shot through with jazz, Go-go, gospel, thick r&b and hard beats, the album is a timely, poetic statement. Tonight in concert at La2 d’Apolo.
La banda fundada per Mucho Muchacho al costat del productor Dive Dibosso 7 Notas 7 Colores pioners del hip hop a Espanya i autors d’un dels discos clau del gènere a casa nostra, ‘Hecho, es simple’ (1997) tornen als escenaris per celebrar el 20 aniversari de la publicació. Aquesta nit a la sala Apolo.
Mykki Blanco, an MC from New York and one of those responsible for changing the face of the current American hip-hop scene, headlines this triple bill along with the collective Agorazein, from Madrid, which is one of Spain’s top hip hop acts, and made up of Fabianni, I-Ace, Jerv.agz, Sticky M.A. and C. Tangana. Rounding out the night is Spanish DJ Alizzz with his mix of futuristic R&B, indie and dance music. Today at Razzmatazz.