Brighton has long had a reputation for a thriving hip-hop scene which specialises in crisp, summery vibes and excellent penmanship, and NuphZed delivers on all fronts with his solo EP release ‘Dreebalicious’. The Yogocop Records representative makes his mark with this tight-knit project which showcases his polished flow and eclectic approach that makes him a remarkably entertaining lyricist guaranteed to please fans of chilled, authentic boom-bap.
The Brighton lyricist impresses on the crisp opener ‘Breddaz’, and he drops his vocals seamlessly over a cool, mellow instrumental that walks a fine line between a modern, synthetic vibe and traditional boom bap sensibilities. The subtle production and silkily delivered verses on ‘Forward’ are a winning formula, and NuphZed has carved out a sharp, classy niche for himself. The Yogocop crew are definitely on a promising run, with an abundance of quality material coming out of the collective on a regular basis.
The fresh ‘Laid Back’ features fellow Brighton head Illiterate, and the smooth, jazzy beat and intricate, precise flows are showcased with prowess and confidence; the charisma and chemistry is obvious, and the concise, consistent sound exemplified across the ‘Dreebalicious’ project are guaranteed to solidify NuphZed as one to keep a keen eye on. The restrained, relaxed vibe continues on the excellent ‘Missing’, and the penultimate tune ‘Leave It Out’ is another dope cut, with a glossy, upbeat synthetic beat that provides an opportunity to showcase NuphZed’s diversity.
The concise EP is a surefire example of how Yogocop Records are fast solidifying themselves as a label to watch; they’re pushing quality British hip-hop from the south coast, and the roster is impressively deep. NuphZed’s ‘Dreebalicious’ effort is another dope project to add to their discography, and we can’t wait to hear what the crew gift us with next.
By Sam Bennett