Kapital A brings us his 11:11 album which an exploration through hip hop and modern electronic music. Destiny gives us a piano driven, up beat and intense ride in this amazingly produced track.
The attention is captured instantly at the start with the combination of the piano and rising siren. The drums are fantastic in this track, so crisp and punchy, with out overshadowing the rest of the mix. The vocals are clean and precise with nice space cut around them in the mix.
I really like this crowd like chant that is leaning an influence in this track. The rest of the sound packet is mixed through electronica, a theme that is pulled through the album. Take a chasten, its a refreshing variation on hip hop rap that I really vibe of with a huge selection of instruments and textures taking each track in it own unique direction, while retaining the Kapital A focus. Another track that I enjoyed on the album was “Pedro”, check it out.
This track drew me in and grabbed my attention instantly. It has a timeless sound, that points you towards it’s influences and references the sound and time that it wants to be representing. The production on the track is great with the instrumentation really supporting the vocals. The space around the vocal is really nice to be a part of when listening to the track. There is something about the vocal that makes it seen like AJ Kapone is sat in the room with you. And all the vibe falls in to place as the track comes to an end and engineer is spoken to through the mic. Its a classic technique to bring the listener in to the studio, but it is done almost like a twist in this track and it works really well.
I’ve listened to what I can find so far of this artist, and I think that if there is the opportunity for him to keep writing and producing, he can be one to watch. His flow and lyrical production is really on point and his hip hop, rap, soul influences are a delight to listen to. The confidence in the delivery is great to listen to and really adds a level of professionalism and determination to come through the music. I really like the vibe.
Ramal Rifiki is a Manchester based producer and vocalist with a unique, upbeat and fresh twist to his style of electronic hip hop.
I really like this piece of music, it has great energy right from the off coming from the groove and tone of the bass synth. This sets the tone for the track and you know that the there is a driving beat waiting to start up.
The track properly drops and the energy from the drums and the slightly more present vocals really lift the track. The main vocal itself has a cool hypnotic flow to it that draws in the listener.
The sample manipulation is stylised with a nod to its hip hop and trap influences, but well executed all the same, giving a familiar and gritty element to the track.
It is great to listen to a vocalist that is in total control of the production elements and music. You can really hear the time that has been put in to Ramal Rafiki’s music and its something to admire. Check out more of his releases on Soundcloud.