Blah Records continue their relentless spree of hard-hitting, unique hip-hop releases with this free download project from upcoming London rapper Bisk. ‘Free Morphine’ is an EP produced entirely by respected beatsmith Morriarchi, and it features appearances from Sheffield MC and frequent Blah collaborator Sniff, as well as UK veteran Lee Scott.
The deep, gloomy sounds of ‘Samuraifly’ are a perfect reminder to Bisk’s style. His stream of consciousness lyricism is delivered in a gritty, precise manner, and his content is equally aggressive and witty. Bisk reminds me somewhat of Cracker Jon, in that he can move between topics so effortlessly; he’ll drop some unapologetically vulgar bar, or spit a braggadocios line, and follow it up with some intelligent analysis or self-deprecating observation in the same scheme. The slow-paced ‘Purplevalley’ is a smoked out, intoxicating cut which features Sheffield based MC Sniff, and the Bad-Taste Records representative joins Bisk on a crisp beat with some really dope change-ups.
‘Sonatine’, which features subtle backing vocals from Lee Scott, is a highlight; Bisk’s unorthodox, fluid flow is a joy to listen too, and Morriarchi’s mellow film-score esque instrumental provides a smooth, silky backing which gels with the calm vocal perfectly. ‘Free Morphine’ closes out with ‘Endcredits’, and this ending track is another slow moving, gloomy affair; Bisk’s hypnotic, tight flow and charismatic delivery sound dope over Morriarchi’s haunting production, and the chemistry evident across this seven track EP makes it a cohesive and thoroughly entertaining project.
To think that this EP is just acting as an ‘interlude’ between ‘Raw Shit’, which dropped earlier this year, and whatever Bisk and Blah Records have stashed to release next, is a scary prospect. Just how much dope music can the young artist have stocked up? 2016 is sure to be a big year for Bisk, and the independent powerhouse that is Blah is going from strength to strength, and they were never weak to begin with.
By Sam Bennett