Fuelled entirely by the PUSH.lofi Collective, this dreamy and compositionally abstract album presents an escape for the senses. Reaching into the sky and beyond, this range of lo-fi inspired tracks is set to inspire a wealth of soaring sentiments and semblances.
Without further ado, it begins with smooth jazz-like piano keys which meander and weep in a watery mixture of shifting atmosphere. Rapped vocals spring forward, a human element with drive and passion provides quick verses to a snappy beat. Laid back projection mixes with energetic poetry. The chorus takes a vocal effect that bends the voice while synthesisers make way for an RnB flow. The track evolves, violin tones sweep in melodic ethnicity as the graceful rhythm sways to the human voice. This is indeed Perfect Company and the group is Ill-iteracy.
Will Spitwell is next with We All Just. This begins with a chewy bass which wobbles on a gentle array of synthesiser. Voice and piano move to greet the mix as repeating lines revolve and set the tone. New rapped vocals with duo voices lean in and begin telling their stories. We get the nuance of the keyboards and the power of the lyrics to the sound of a dirty and messed up cymbal. It pounds with a steady one two three rhythm, propped up with clean sounding kick.
Ill-iteracy is back with Just Can't See It B. It opens with vocals, a piano gracefully wanders in and splashes vivid colours in uniform punches of pigment. The vocal defines the timing, drums build and rumble like a wave which breaks openly on the shore. The music calms, vocal carries the tune. The poetry speaks for itself and cinematic composition floats effortlessly in semi-dramas that rise and spread with the flow of lyrics.
A bouncy and effervescent rhythm playfully dances on bubbles of melody. Spoken word rap begins to make waves. Short and snappy lines rhyme and fit snugly to a snare led percussion. Space-age synthesisers click on revolving platforms and mechanically engineers beats form a fabric of continual verse. Clockwatchaz by O.G. Jumpshot is a short number that washes over like a mixer to vodka.
Playful tones dab at the patchwork in uplifting melodies as another layer of sonics bend and vibrate like thread. Vocals rise, pulsed and paced, lyrics continue the laid—back human story. As the music builds, the vocal delivery shifts as the background steady flow stays true to home. Bells are added, they add new harmonies that tingle and shine from the corners. This is Kimbro featuring Speak Eazy and the track is Thank You. Homage to everyone who said good things on the way, the track smoothly adds an air of quality to the room.
Piano chords and twinkling melody finds a backdrop for spoken voice word. The drums kick in as the lyricist adapts a percussive delivery. Piano begins again and the mix builds with personal and heart-felt messages, Will Spitwell thanks and shouts out to a whole list of names he holds responsible for his success. Only The Beginning is a sign of things to come, the journey has only just begun. Smooth jazz-like electronic hip-hop sounds like a great idea.
Fallin' featuring Serenity begins with a moody piano and sultry vocals that sing like syrup into the room. Rap joins in with a sunny guitar that vibrates in chorus like fizz. Slow drum pounds at heavy bass as the snap of the snare brings a high edge to the relaxing groove. It's Ill-iteracy again and this number sits back a little further while making full use of the beautiful voice of Serenity. The lyrics take a look at how things have progressed over the past few years and the mind-blowing dreams that are coming true and falling apart.
Reversed tones roll back on the cassette reel as a sleek and effervescent rhythm breaks through. Quic and snappy lines of rap frame a punchy snare and kick driven beat. A break in the rhythm gives way to warm crackles then close. A one minute wonder from Kool Keith called Jamali 5000 perhaps pays a tribute to Outkast.
A dramatic piano opens a chord structure as Will Spitwell begin talking about his age. Wrong Side of 30 is a vibrant and synthesiser led drive through the ideas that rise when considering getting older. When we are young the rest of our life seems infinite but when he get past thirty, it's no longer so. Making peace with the idea of annihilation is not easy, but the sooner the better is good for moving on with your life. Making the right choices and taking responsibility for your own life story is the message of this almost spoken word number.
A groovy rhythm begins and laid-back drum loops push the tide forward. A scratching sound reveals slow-dance tempo as vocals begin chanting in a dreamy drama. The sentences turn to rap and attitude begins to rise from the words. Take me as I am style vocals gracefully drape the skeletal rhythm as harmonising voice grows to frame the direction. Halo & Henny featuring I.AM.EM has a catchy pulse that digs at the smooth surface in head-nodding scoops. Ill-iteracy brings us these final two numbers of the album.
Planets In Order breaks with retro synthesiser that pulses in an 80s infused melody. Drums kick in, heavy bass and slosh cymbal gives a riding tempo that pumps with easy to manoeuvre jostles. Vocals duet and grope at the meaning in neat and perfectly timed bursts of characterful rap. This laid-back lo-fi hip hop album makes use of synthesiser and drums to brings on an exploration of rap and poetry.
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