Saturday, 31 January 2015

Stone Bench - Dolo EP

Stone Bench consists of Elmi Tha Mos'Hi, Konda, Blasfima Sinna, Dj U-Turn & Boroda Beats.

This free download project contains a an acapella and instrumental extra for the title track "DOLO" featuring Termanology.

This in my opinion is a great inclusion and a nice wee surprise.

Album coming soon.

Stream/Download Below.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Breaking The Barrier - Quarter Finals (VIDEO ROUNDUP)

As we reach the Breaking the Barrier semi-finals tonight in Afillion Studios, Glasgow, now seems the perfect time to look back at the quarter final matches from the last event.

Get them watched!

M1STERMAN V KID ROBOTIK

Leo tells me that he wasn't happy with this clash when I offered to put it online, but as far as I could see this was a really competitive clash. These are two energetic emcees but with slightly different styles. Though the stumbles maybe cost M1sterman the battle, this was an entertaining one on both ends. Kid also gets props in the Triple Darkness sweater - big ups!


A-MACC V ZEE
A poor performance on A-Macc's part, there is no denying it, although he did step in here as a replacement with only so long to prepare. Zee comfortably takes this though, and given his status as a battler, deserves to be in the Semi Finals.


 

RDS v ANDREW MACKENZIE
It was perhaps surprising when Live n' Spittin winner EVIL was knocked out of the tournament by RDS (partly down to our judging), but I'd maintain that RDS looked really promising to win the competition. MacKenzie absolutely shreds it here though and gives Zee an uphill battle in the next round. This one particularly has pitiful views at this point so give it a share.

 
Wee D v Number 13
Clearly the battle of the night. Number 13 had been on a bit of a rampage in the tournament so far, performing better than I'd seen from him previously. He does well here too, but Wee D is a step up in class. His bars throughout, especially during the concept rounds, literally had the crowd in tears laughing.
 

 
 
The Semi Finals taking place tonight are as follows:

Kid Robotik v Wee D
Zee v Andrew MacKenzie

All the details on the event are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/745518045516241/?pnref=story


Jonny x

Monday, 19 January 2015

Def Concerto - Heartless Art Crematorium EP

Def Concerto's debut release featuring MC's Nity Gritz & Damaged Goodz alongside Production from Big Div.

Great work from the guys here, go check it out.

The Heartless Art Crematorium EP is available to Stream/ Download Below.

Review coming soon.


ZEE - Spontaneous Combustion Rap

Here we have a fullt produced album from Zee that has been long awaited entitled "Spontaneous Combustion Rap".

Zee hails from Dundee and favours the more hardcore rap, bursting at the seems with that horrorcore style he is known for.

Features include some of his Dungeon Dwellers group aswell as a few underlooked MC's including: Gimik, Oskar Bravo, Brains Mccloud, Kevyboii, M1sterman, Kryptik, Paul Scott, Monk and Misplaced Mind.

Great work here from Zee.

Download/Stream Below:

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

New Singles (Soundcloud Goodies)

The SSU Team break down the latest soundcloud 

Scuba: Dubs of well loved tracks are really hard to pull off, especially one of this calibre. The guys done well, all great rhymers. But this isn't something I'll go back and listen to again. I will however keep my ears peeled for a proper release. Well in lads.

Jonny: Think the vocals need to be a little clearer in the mix. The dub works nicely. I think Spawn has improved massively as well, really rating his flow. This is a cool wee experiment if nothing else.

M1STERMAN: Trading of bars can be great, or utter shite. Here the different vocal tones and flows compliment each other and keep the track bouncing between Spawn and Crinks bars- great.

Scuba: Dope track here from Shadoh, The usual high quality material he is known for.

Jonny: Shadoh has such character to his voice that I almost always find his tracks really grip you straight away, even when I'm not fond of a particular beat. He murders this though - nice variation in his rhyme schemes and the hook works well.

M1STERMAN: Hard beat by 2deep, and Shadoh's flow is on point helped by tight mixing i.e. the slight reverb/echo on the vocals in the background. Makes for an aggressive and heavy sound.

Scuba: This is a spoken word track here from Supa, Sometimes I think spoken word should be alongside musical tracks with no drums as it can take away from the flow of what has been written. A simple atmospheric pad would have done the job for this, and given Supa more availability to work this together as it comes off sounding off beat at times.

Jonny: Having just done a whole course on poetry, I've been pulling my hair out at the amount of spoken word I've had to listen to... I do like this though, even if the writing is a little too abstract to really hit hard. This is just my standpoint, but I feel that the woodland imagery is really clich├ęd overdone. That doesn't detract from Supa's abilities as an emcee though. I think he has the right amount of gravity to his voice to make the listener want to listen to this again.

M1STERMAN: *In a very treelike voice* haha enjoyed this one, really creative lyricism and some good wordplay - watch this space!



Scuba: Track here from Fife "Degenerate" Jock Horror. Nice flowing alongside an atmospheric beat, works nicely. A style Jock does well.

Jonny: I really like the beat - it's awesome what you can do with some well placed major to minor chord progressions and effects. This one sounds like it should be on the desert level of a video game or something. I like how he works the beat by dropping the drums in and out. Lyrically, I reckon Jock should study dudes like Possessed from Rhyme Asylum. His use of imagery was better here than when he tried moralising towards the end.

M1STERMAN: Dark, dark, dark, dutty comparisons and gritty multis. There's an overall feel to the content and flow and voice that is so complete, it goes hand in fist with the instrumental to pack a punch or five... "Fuck yer lullabies!" Don't sleep on Jock!

Scuba: A great little acoustic number from Oban's O'B. Nicely put together. Would love to hear some more acoustic work from him.

Jonny:Having heard/even played along with O'B's acoustic/rap crossovers for a few years now, I'm perhaps a little more used to hearing this from him than others. If I put aside my bias I would be honest and say I find him slightly sharper when writing to a fully developed beat, but it's impressive how easy he can rap to the standard he does whilst playing. Not as big on this one's hook, but the lyrics here are more than solid as ever.

M1STERMAN: O'B has a musicality in rapping that seems to fuse between genres, so why not put that on acoustic tracks. This roaster doesn't leave my mind divided right in tw though...  Although the sharp lyrics contrast that cheery sounding guitar the overall track is seemless POW.

Scuba: Not exactly the style of Hip Hop I enjoy but this works well for what it is. The beat is real nice too. Afro Steve does not show any kind of emotion in his verse though. Just makes the track sound lazy to me.

Jonny: Unlike Scuba, I love this style of hip hop. My issue with this is that it tries to do too much: Ransom's rhyme patterns are too rushed and stuttered; Afro Steve's sound are too lethargic and sound basic due to the demands of the beat. The overall vibe of the track is cool though.

M1STERMAN: FA has that confidence in his flow as always. The melody his delivery separate this track in style from other works, Afro Steve has some impressive bars and they land well, it's a real tight track all round guys!

SOUL VS UNANYMOUS | Don't Flop Rap Battle