Album Review: − No One Asked

Album Review: − No One Asked
Artist Name: Album Name:
No One Asked
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April 29, 2021
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Review Author: Review Date:
May 15, 2021
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Three years after his debut et cetera LP, we are still getting to know His confessional penmanship and the lush production his partnership with sparked captures delicate insights into his psyche like, “my grandma sees my face and think I’m dying.” While there were uplifting tracks like “aspirations,” and shimmering production on “clementine” and “window,” these issues of where he mentally finds himself are the chief concerns of et cetera and quami’s blend of R&B textures continue this in his follow-up project, No One Asked. The twenty three minute EP fits a ton into its short runtime: issues of who he, as well as we, are repeatedly tackled in ambitious ways, this time with a new outlook and resolution.  

The biggest difference between et cetera and No One Asked is perspective. et cetera finds quami observing passively; “looking at the world” in many respects. “Alien” focusing on this lack of physicality directly as the rest of the project consistently finds observations about his surroundings rather than indictments. In sitting down with us earlier this year, quami described the project as, “a part of a message I’m going to convey later on in the year; essentially half of a message. No One Asked is me focusing on all the negative things without being purposefully inflammatory or vindictive: a lot of questioning self-worth and the worth of others and how you treat people around you. All about being human. It’s me admitting a lot of negative stuff in the most tasteful way I can because I don’t want to come across as someone that’s always down and out. No One Asked is just me focusing on working through all those negative emotions. Trying to be more empathetic.” This active working comes through in a willingness to allow its scalpel to cut more deeply than before, looking more actively at these issues and wielding a certain edge that comes from that conviction. Lines like, “don’t worry, it’s alright to feel like you’re nothing / sometimes it just comes and goes,” work in a call back to the debut, finding a sister-track relationship between et cetera’s “nothing” and “resurrect” / “zero:” the former giving agency to nothingness and carrying an anxiety that comes with that active void where the latter suggests, “maybe we can figure it out.”

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No One Asked paces like a camera gradually tightening focus from the macro to the micro. The introductory “life in a few seconds” plays out like its name suggests: a nine second blur, burning out before it begins. From there, “running away” takes over, focusing on large scale issues that surround quami—touching him, affecting him, but not of him. The shadows the track describes are chasing him but, much like their visual representation in the track’s music video, are shapeless, again picking up that aura from “nothing.” We touch on the inevitability of death in but in general this predatory entity is sketched by pronouns like “its” and “them.”

This decision to not name is mirrored in the tracks to come via a focus on identity in general. quami targets a series of barriers that leave him as a pronoun, statistic or otherwise without identity or individuality. “Black bodies swinging from trees” have no name in the haunting procession of “i know the sound.” They read almost like a newspaper article paired with public opinion chiming in: “you call that suicide.” Deferred identity is built on in a different tone with “luh me weak” with its series of quick fire, back and forths like, “Give me feedback / Say no more / Now she love me weak / Or she love me not.” These contradictions wage on two polarities and tease the option that they fall in an apathetic middle–an obsolete that renders the pair as void. “Loving you like sailing with no rudder,” builds on a nothingness imposed on him that is impossible to escape from, essentially defining who you are. 

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If there is a source of catharsis from these burdens, it may come in “sniffle” and its, “you can’t make me cry.” The track continues to ask questions like, “Do you think you were born or do you think you were placed?”  The idea that nothing controls anyone, no one has agency over another individual and its “stay true” mantra it repeats as the track rides out fight back against the fated view of previous tracks and support a more individualistic approach to the nature versus nurture problem it raises. This sort of outlook is developed in the final track: the bubbly piano ballad, “picture frame,” and its crescendoing proclamation, “I’m not the same as I once was.” 

Overall, No One Asked is a step towards understanding quami’s vision as a creative and an artist. We knew the production quality was going to be there from the highs of et cetera and this follow-up continues that pedigree but the real mark this project will be remembered for is the maturity in lyricism, poise to tackle the biggest questions, and structuring of this holistic, conceptualized album. It’s an exciting time for quami that we will be continuing to stay tuned for. Be sure to look into his social links below for news about his work and stream No One Asked, available now via The Archive

LG4 Trey talks toxic relationships and anguish on “My Type” [Video]

Cork based hip-hop artist LG4 Trey is in the process of releasing his debut album, Social Poison. In anticipation of this, the alt-rap artist has dropped a video for the track, “My Type”. 

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LG4 Trey’s name has been bubbling up in the Irish hip-hop scene since he debuted in 2018 with his single, “Rollin.” Now, three years, a plethora of singles and one EP later, LG4 Trey feels it’s time to make a statement on his new album, Social Poison. With records like “Valentine,” “Red Light District,” and “Walk Out The Door” all being released in recent months, Trey is riding a wave of momentum into this project and his name is on the lips of many tastemakers in Irish hip-hop. 

“My Type” is a reflection of LG4 Trey’s signature sound. The moody, downbeat, emo-trap essences pull straight from the likes of XXXTENTACION, Juice WRLD, and Lil Peep. This track even samples Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD cut, “Wake Up,” and is a very interesting spin on that fantastic guitar loop. Delivering heart wrenching vocals, he discusses finding a love interest and recognizing how bad she is for him but yet he is still infatuated with her. The sheer pain and anguish in the delivery on this record is echoed over this moody production and gives the listener a feeling of emptiness and hope at the same time. The tinges of autoune across the record also add a creative element within the layered vocals that give this track replay value as you delve deeper into the backgrounds of this record. 

LG4 Trey has been bubbling up with this unique take on the underground “emo rap” sound that has been popularised over the years. It is an exciting time for experimentation in the music scene in Ireland and he is carry the flag for this sub genre at the moment. 

Connect with LG4 Trey: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram  

MEDUZA’s ‘Headrush’ featuring Elorii lands on Insomniac Records

MEDUZA’s ‘Headrush’ featuring Elorii lands on Insomniac RecordsHype.my599Meduza

Just six months after the release of their lauded collaboration “Paradise,” featuring Dermot Kennedy, production trio MEDUZA has returned with yet another nightclub anthem titled “Headrush,” featuring Elroii. The single marks the debut of a new project by Club Class, the management company associated with the Grammy-nominated group, as well as the first non-major label release as “Headrush” lands on the independently owned Insomniac Records.

“Headrush” is the first release of the year for the Italian electronic outfit as the track features a thawing blend of deep progressive basslines and immersive vocal accents that are designed to entirely envelop club-goers. The new single became the opening track at MEDUZA’s EDC Mexico performance in August 2020, and is now bound to become a live set staple across dancefloors worldwide with its shadowy house-laden grooves and club-centered theme. Listen to “Headrush” below.

Featured image: Universal Music Publishing Group UK

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Loud Luxury pack summertime into a song with ‘Red Handed’ featuring Thutmose

Loud Luxury pack summertime into a song with ‘Red Handed’ featuring ThutmoseLoud Luury Thutmose Press

Fans of Loud Luxury are reaping the benefits of the lack of touring over the last year. The duo have a bevy of new music that they have been steadily dropping, dropping off their newest release called, “Red Handed” with Nigerian-born and Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Thutmose.

The song finds Thutmose vocalizing through a narrative anchored to breaking free from someone who has been deceitful, as the song’s title would suggest. The producer pair add their signature club-worthy spin, allowing their punchy backdrop to artfully complement Thutmose’s vocal work. “Red Handed” is a fitting release for the upcoming summer months, and it adds a new dynamic to Loud Luxury’s steady stream of recent singles.

The duo talk about working with Thutmose in an official release, sharing,

“Growing up in Toronto, we were surrounded by a melting pot of music and culture. It has always been important to us to incorporate that into our sound. Meeting and working with Thutmose was a privilege to bring these influences to life, and the result is ‘Red Handed.’”

“Red Handed” is out now via Armada Music. Listen below.

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GRiZ blasts off with fourth release of the year, ‘Astro Funk’

GRiZ blasts off with fourth release of the year, ‘Astro Funk’Griz 303

GRiZ has already gotten off to a busy start this year, gifting fans with three original tracks including “Vibe Check,” “Ease Your Mind” featuring Ganja White Night, and “Bring Me Back” with Elohim. Now, tacking on the fourth delivery of the year, the veteran sax-wielding producer delivers his latest, “Astro Funk;” a contender for the most aptly titled song in history.

Staying true to its name, “Astro Funk” takes fans on an out-of-this-world psychedelic excursion, enveloping the listener in GRiZ’s classic saxophone persuasion. Showcasing his endless well of creativity, the Michigan-native producer uses a flurry of layered synthwork, bass, and live instrumentation to launch fans on a wild ride into the stratosphere.

In addition to his consistent stream of releases, GRiZ also sold out the inaugural Space Camp, his largest headlining show to date, which features two nights of sets from the likes of CloZee, LSDream, Dancing Astronaut’s Breakout Artist of 2020, Moore Kismet, and more. Stream “Astro Funk” below.

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