I have to confess that until relatively recently, I regarded the good old USofA as the sole domain of quality Hip Hop. Then, subsequent to seeing Edinburgh based band Stanley Odd (yes, that’s right – ‘Edinburgh,’ as in Scotland!) I realised that Hip Hop is as universal as Punk, or Metal or whatever genre you damn well care to mention.
MANGOMAD is the solo project of Edinburgh-based producer Kelman Greig, who after several years in production and releasing one album in his own name spent the following years producing music for BBC Scotland documentaries, under the guise of Neon Eight. Then, in 2009 he was responsible for the electro-hip-hop remix of Stanley Odd’s debut single, ‘The Numbness.’ A remix of the band’s second single followed and he is currently remixing the whole of the band’s excellent debut album ‘Oddio.’
Hey! And guess what? This new single from MANGOMAD himself features the vocals of Stanley Odd’s rapper, SOLAREYE! (See how it all fits so nicely together?)
And a great little track it is too. ‘A New Parable’ is virtually spilt in two, with Solaraeye’s rhymes dominating the first half against a sort of ‘industrial beat’ backing with the instrumental production completing the second stanza. Variation is supplied in the latter half by what I can only suggest are bongo drums (?) and the sound of Middle Eastern promise provided by a stringed and wind instrument from that geographical region. (I got kicked out of Music Class in second year at school, so what do I know?!)
It works really well, I reckon. Judge for yourself – here’s the video:
(Released through Circular Records on 1st November 2010)
(7.5 / 10)