Strizzy Strauss reveals the second single ‘Hieroglyfics’ from his upcoming debut album ‘Trust The Process’ .
Hip Hop producer Sik Sense takes the helm on this one, laying down a jazz tinted piano driven beat with punchy boom bap drum patterns. There’s also a melodic quality to be heard in Strauss’s rhyme style, coupled with the slow-and- steady boom bap beat and it’s a recipe for a hypnotic head-nod.
The track speaks on the adversities experienced growing up in a single parent home, around neglected neighbourhoods and under constant pressure to be drawn into the mud. Having been “to hell, back and got the bucket hat”, Strauss describes the ever-present impetus to swerve the surrounding negative influences and move toward a higher calling.
From a purely personal perspective (and it is my blog, so it counts!) LOUD HORIZON has not in the past really embraced the Hip Hop / Rapscene, concentrating more on punk, rock, reggae etc.
But you like what you like – no boundaries and all that.
This is the second track released by the UK collaborative, Giant. Featuring the rapid-fire vocal delivery of rapper 24Vision and the multifaceted electronic / trip-hop band Archive, this is a five minutes long, bitter tirade, about the current state the UK finds itself in.
Five minutes? Yeah – when I saw the track length, I did wonder. But it absolutely races along at a breathless pace.
There’s something about UK rap that in general, and in my humble opinion, sets it apart from other counties’ interpretation of the genre. Perhaps it’s because I can identify with the accent? Maybe because it’s sharper, more spikey, than that from across the water? Perhaps I’m being unkind – my knowledge of hip hop and rap is limited, after all.
But ‘Catalyst,’ stands out immediately because of the image it creates. Although 24Vision is venting in the present, the sound is of the future. Of a grey, black and white future in a dystopian, soulless society controlled by guns (check the snare drum) and robots.
There is a video, shot by David Levine, due for imminent release, and it will be interesting to see how it portrays this track. (I’m probably miles out!)
Whatever – the combination of a young rapper with a long-established (twenty-five years) band of Archive’s standing, confirms that UK rap is still well ahead of the game when it comes to inventiveness and development of the sound.
Lunga Sithole aka Rytious was born 2nd of January 1988. He was raised in Umlazi N-section in Durban Kwa Zulu Natal, and given the name “Rytious” by his dentist who looked up the meaning of his name Lunga and discovered it translates as ‘Righteousness.’
Rytious however changed the spelling to mean yin and yen, a balance between good and bad.
He moved to Johannesburg and since 2010 has been grafting and crafting his style. Since then, he has been picking up stacks of airplay not only across his own native country but heavy rotation in USA and South America as well as some of the more specialist radio stations here in UK..
‘Style Som Golo‘ is a fusion of hiphop & old school kwaito (South African rap.) It’s a song about confidence, the message being to stay confident through Life’s ups and downs.
Now, quite obviously I’m no authority on hip hop, but LOUD HORIZON is always on the look-out for genres that widen our personal musical perspectives, and Rytious, here, does the trick.