Glasgow’s Kryptik releases his new album, entitled ‘Necessary Evil’, and it’s a blistering eight track ride. With passion and grit evident in Kryptik’s vocals, and unique electronic influenced production (he used to be a Drum & Bass producer which perhaps influenced the beats he chose for this), ‘Necessary Evil’ is in your face and textured.
‘Fight Club’ sets the tone for the project. It’s cocky, aggressive and loud, the writing is well structured and the delivery percussive; it’s everything you want in an opener. With piercing, acidic synth lines and punchy drums, the production helps the overall picture, accompanying Kryptik’s vivid lyrics perfectly. ‘Out In Tha Streetz’ (which comes complete with an instantly recognisable vocal sample) is a dense and bassy track, with an intense beat and an impressive, convincing flow from Kryptik. His rhyme schemes in the second verse are phenomenal, with multisyllabic and internal rhymes in abundance.
‘Malevolence in my melody/Says it on the front cover, evil’s a necessity’ says Kryptik on ‘Tear Tha Roof Off’, and his imagery laden lyrics are descriptively so. The way he crafts his syllables in his writing is really effective, and the content creative. The rawness displayed on ‘The Shit’ is believable, and the left-field sonics of the instrumental keep it interesting. The delivery of the lyric ‘keepin’ it rugged up up on the summit’ in the hook is also right on point; in face his flow always sits right in the pocket. The pounding production of ‘Flame Thrower’ sets your head nodding instantly; Kryptik’s tone makes for a good partner to the electronically themed, pulsating soundscapes found across the album.
‘Necessary Evil’ is concise and impressive. The ‘dirty’ (sorry, I’m cringing at myself too) basslines and punchy drums back Kryptik’s hard hitting vocals, and his writing is always well structured and complex. It was a good call to make this a short project too; there’s not a huge range in the vibe on the tracks here, but at eight tracks the pace and aggression doesn’t get boring for a minute. Check this out.
By Sam Bennett