‘Good songs with real meanings’ Urban-Heaven.com
‘A UK rapper to watch out for in 2015′ TheHipHopMafia.com
‘Real quality music so make you cop this’ TrickstasWorld.com
‘Creatively adventurous and musically inspiring’ HipHopSavedUs.com
‘Maintains authentic Hip-Hop tradition throughout’ HipHop-4-Days.com
Straight out of the East Midlands, Derby to be exact enters this talented rhymer going by the name of JD. A well rounded talented emcee, JD has been on the grind of last with his new album release ‘The Transformation’. This collection of seventeen tracks is something that all fans of quality conscious rap will adore. Featuring UK heavyweight Genesis Elijah as well as Derby legend Alex Blood, this long player also features Sticman from Dead Prez, the group that this genre the classic ‘Hip-Hop’ track. With tight solid production from the likes of DSJ Beats, Alex Blood, Defkon1 and Phase 2, this album is already a string of positive reviews from some of the UK’s leading blogs and DJ’s. With live dates in Birmingham and Derby planned already for September make sure you remember the name. JD has arrived. It’s what the games been missing.
Read more in this exclsuive interview with TheHipHopMafia.com
JD – Dreamworld Ft. Genesis Elijah & Sarai Jazz (Prod. by Phase 2) #Video
JD – Alice Ft. Li Laurent (Prod. by Jam Jam) #Video
JD – The Transformation (Track-list):
01. The Transformation (Intro) ft. Lil Kingsley (Prod. by DSJ Beats)
02. Warrior ft. Sticman (Deadprez), TruestPain & Self Taught (Prod. by DSJ Beats)
03. Just Rise ft. Sarai Jazz (Prod. by DSJ Beats)
04. Alice ft. Li Laurent (Prod. by Jam Jam)
05. Not Alone (Prod. by DSJ Beats)
06. Knockin’ At My Door ft. Karnage & Self Taught (Prod. by DSJ Beats)
07. Evil Eyes ft. Alex Blood & ..Pr@xis?.. (Blood & Jones Reunion) (Prod. by Alex Blood)
08. Thief in the night ft. Staxxy, Mystic & Sarai Jazz (Prod. by DSJ Beats)
09. Keep Grindin’ ft. Smuttz, Tuska & Dwaine Hayden (Prod. by DSJ Beats)
10. Reflection ft. SB (Prod. by DSJ Beats)
11. Feel High ft. Defkon1 (Prod. by Defkon1)
12. Love is the future ft. Sarai Jazz (Prod. by DSJ Beats)
14. Sell Outs (Prod. by DSJ Beats)
15. Manipulate ft. Karnage, Cizz & Li Laurent (Prod. by DSJ Beats)
16. Dreamworld ft. Genesis Elijah & Sarai Jazz (Prod. by Phase 2)
17. Awoken ft. Sarai Jazz & Lil kingsley (Prod. by DSJ Beats)
Monosapiens are Rik & Simon Arbuthnot, they started in 2001. Between them they play guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keyboards, samplers, and whatever else they can find lying around to make a noise with! Their past notable releases include ‘Hotblack EP’ 12″ vinyl 2001, ‘Bad Robots LP’ CD (2004), ‘The Conspiracy LP’ CD (2007), ‘Labyrinth EP’ 2013.
Conscious Route is the front man for this project, originally from England (between Cambridge and London), he started out Mossman Skank, later abbreviating his name to Mosman. He is a founder member of now dispersed hip hop crew Fugaizrum, who later became a cross-over Hip Hop and Blues band. He started to write hip hop in 1998, being influenced by names like Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Wu Tang Clan, Roots Manuva, Black Twang, Task Force, Terra Firma, Triple Darkness, Dr John, Eek-A-Mouse, Michael Franti, and Bob Dylan, which in turn all shaped his flow and sound on this diverse sounding album.
The band now bring you the ‘Frequency’ LP with rapper Conscious Route bringing a mix of Soul, Funk, Jazz, Hip-Hop and various other influences which are blended with organic instrumentation fused with samples. The LP features long-time collaborator Chris Greive, aka Soundbone, on trombone and organ, and Jon Thompson, who also plays bass in the live band. The LP also features Edinburgh-based United Front MC/Producer, Sean El, and cuts on ‘Meteor Shower’ by DJ Sokol from Paraletic Universe, who is also Edinburgh based.
From the first track and title track you just know that this album is something for real hip-hop heads. Based in Wolverhampton City in the Midlands, Pact Prolific is one half of Lost Alliance who you may remember from their album ‘Life Cycle’ and mixtape ‘Dare 2 Win’. Their style is straight-up head-nodding boom bap with an ode to the golden era of rap, and this solo from Pact continues with that vision.
What I like about this emcee is how clear his delivery is. He also raps in his native local tongue unlike most UK rappers from outside the smoke who seem to adopt a London accent for some mad reason. I guess that comes down to realism, something else I adore about this album. It’s amazingly honest and very humble, but also it’s entertaining and isn’t just the same track over and over again like some albums. This is Hip-Hop from the heart and really is impressive.
The production throughout is top notch too, beats coming varied from the sample based ‘Be Forever’ which reminds me of Apollo Brown, and more live instrumentation with ‘Sorry’ which sounds like something Ghostface Killah would rap over. All the songs hit the mark and without a doubt it’s really got me hooked. Good albums that you can ‘play from start to finish without skipping a track’ are rare, but ‘A Closer Look’ is one of those long players. Well recommended, so make sure when it drops you grab your copy.
Review by Alex Dunlow
‘One of my favourite albums of the year so far’ HipHopSavedUs.com
‘High calibre raps and dense, neck-snapping production’ TheHipHopMafia.com
‘A crew out of the UK that are destined for big things’ TalkingAllThatRap.com
Following on from the success and much talked about reception of the highly anticipated debut LP ‘MYSTROGEN’ from one of UK’s most prolific entertainers amongst the Hip-Hop elite, Mystro aka MysDiggi returns with the ‘MYSTROGEN DELUXE’ LP a bumper-pack filled with more of his unquestionable creativity. The charisma and unmatched wit continues to churn out of 1 of UK’s finest as we start off this remastered version of the LP with the ‘WHAT TYPE OF DRUG IS MYSTROGEN?’ EP, from tracks 1-9 broken up by the humourous revisit to FDT radio as Mystro is quizzed about the release and his carreer among other things whilst we hear tunes such as the neo-funk driven ‘Find Ya Groove’ produced by Black Einstein & featuring Maya Blu which help us understand that this journey of life is just fine once we find the path that we’re comfortable on. Tracks such as the Mark de Clive-Lowe produced ‘Lamb’s Bread’ & ‘Charlie’ with a backdrop tailored by DJ Thor prove yet again why MysDiggi is on another planet when it comes to manipulating the English language and his versatile usage of wordplay. All this gets you ready fro the musical journey that is ‘MYSTROGEN’
“It’s like oxygen except you’ll need it a whole lot more…”
Most drugs are mind altering to some extent… Mystrogen is no different, this is exercised strongly with high-energy tracks like ‘That Rush’ where a rollercoaster of face scrunching Si Spex production collides with brow raising wordplay and social commentary, the rough yet smooth approach of ‘Hooked’ a metaphorical story of a mans wishes to bring all his vices together or the Homeboy Sandman featured ‘What I Want’ where two men break down their ideal lady.
The idea is that you take this drug Mystrogen through the ear canal and enjoy this new journey and with humorous stories like ‘Neighbours’ and the very cleverly written geographical urban folk tale ‘Mystentatious’ confirming why most address him as “a rappers rapper”. Also exclusive to this release are the Charlie Mac produced ‘The Doo Doo’ featuring fresh up and comer More One & a remix to ‘Neighbours’ featuring Dirty Dike (High Focus) & long time collaborator Ramson Badbonez (Task Force/High Focus) & Mys’ alter-ego Dave The Spade. More than you bargained for Mutha Luvaz…
Mystro AKA Mysdiggi – Benga, Benga (Prod. by Black Einstein) #Video
Mystro AKA Mysdiggi – Mystrogen LP Sampler #Video
Mystro AKA Mysdiggi – Lambs Bread (Prod. by Mark De Clive-Lowe) #Video