K-Pop, National Development and Lil Tecca – Commerciality vs. Authenticity in the South Korean Hip Hop Scene

IORI Guide to Korean Hip Hop playlist “For you to copy me is the only way I could become ordinary”. With tattoos peaking out behind baggy clothes and a beanie pulled low enough to form a permanently furrowed brow, Woo Wonjae’s emotionally conflicted ruminations over Mobb Deep’s legendary ‘Shook Ones Pt. 2’ instrumental felt practicallyContinue reading “K-Pop, National Development and Lil Tecca – Commerciality vs. Authenticity in the South Korean Hip Hop Scene”

LOCALS – Season Finale – CMPND (Wundrop, Vitamin G, Kemastry)

Armed with only a camera crew and a bag of snacks, LOCALS hosts @cdit and @sp.mcc stumbled into the neon-lit dungeon which had become the new base of High Focus alumni @cmpndtnt and have never quite been the same since. All veterans in their own right yet equally steeped in acerbic psychotropia, members @wundrizzy @harley0gContinue reading “LOCALS – Season Finale – CMPND (Wundrop, Vitamin G, Kemastry)”

Dashwuud – Switch the Tale (feat. Historacle) (prod. Herman Bloom) [SINGLE RELEASE]

Forever an irrepressible energy struggling to break free, latest single Switch the Tale (feat. Historacle) (prod. Herman Bloom) from Dashwuud treads the delicate boundary between surreal and relatable listening yet again in lines like “flick the switch” and “switch the tale” referencing an ongoing grappling with contemporary life. This time accompanied by the low-end rapidfireContinue reading “Dashwuud – Switch the Tale (feat. Historacle) (prod. Herman Bloom) [SINGLE RELEASE]”

Interview with CAPRIISUN

Kaeshelle Rianne ‘sits down’ with CAPRiiSUN ahead of the forthcoming album “A Fleeting Now” in which the US rapper tells stories about his travels and shows in Europe. For fans of the underground hip-hop scene in Europe, CAPRiiSUN is a staple name. Off the back of releasing videos for “Swirl” and “Celeste”, CAPRii drops barsContinue reading “Interview with CAPRIISUN”

Dashwuud – Excalibur[Single Release]

Vibrant yet muted. Uplifting yet blunted. Hip hop yet buttoned up shirts. Wonderfully juxtapositional duo Dashwuud, composed of the softly-spoken producer Jonnie and vocals from the ADHG himself Dashwuud (shameless plug to their recent IORI LOCALS interview) , take us up to the downs on latest single ‘Excalibur’. Not unlike his perspective-driven lyrics themselves, stillContinue reading “Dashwuud – Excalibur[Single Release]”

KianVsLife – Sally [SINGLE RELEASE]

Soaring high vocals are contrasted with buried, pitched-down hip hop sampling in our latest dose of emotional conflict from Brighton-based one-man-army KianVsLife. Seamlessly transcending time and genre yet again, psyched-out guitar riffs wander off into the distance as heavy kicks plod through a rose-tinted kaleidoscope of influences. In many ways Kian is the embodiment ofContinue reading “KianVsLife – Sally [SINGLE RELEASE]”

AntiJambo – ‘Overhaul’ [SINGLE RELEASE]

With beautifully distorted guitars, glitched-out bass throbs and an overall format that’s constantly in motion, ‘Overhaul’ feels like tumbling through the insides of Jambo’s hard drive itself. Roaring calls for revolution through megaphone-esque tube filters, Jambo has dived deeper into punk aesthetics than ever before whilst also blending elements of dnb/breakbeat on the instrumentation inContinue reading “AntiJambo – ‘Overhaul’ [SINGLE RELEASE]”

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right. You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click theContinue reading “Introduce Yourself (Example Post)”