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.
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.
The new five-track EP from Glasgow based SNACK VILLAIN is a curious and enticing composite of urban grooves, drum ‘n’ bass (‘God’s Basement‘) and downbeat funk, (‘Vision Vortex”) swaying ‘indie,’ (‘Friendship (Oh Ya!) and bigbeat (‘Death Disco (I Wanna Go.)
It’s the first track,, ‘Tick,Tick, Tick‘ that drew me in though. It has a bit of a retro Underworld feel to it with dark baselines supporting the drum ‘n’bass beats and spoken vocals. More though, shades of nu jazz poke through with the more laid back saxophone contrasting the busy bottom line.