Canadian lyricist Daniel Son partners with grimey British beatsmith Giallo Point. The two artists specialise in silky, authentic cuts and this collaboration is sure to have already attracted the attention of those in the know. Both of these musicians have discographies packed with classics, but both are criminally underrated for their craft. With the release of ‘Remo Gaggi’, with features from Saipher Soze, Raspy, Blizz and Lil Eto, that is all about to change.
The sublime, sophisticated and infectiously simple ‘Big Remo’ is a terrific opener. Giallo incorporates cinematic samples and Daniel’s imagery laden rhymes are delivered with a compelling attitude. The Ontario rapper displays top drawer penmanship, and his flow is precise without exception. ‘Book Stores Bermuda’ again finds Giallo Point employing a restrained, subtle technique, and this is a trademark found throughout the eleven track project. Daniel Son shines over this style of production, and his writing is at home, allowed to take centre-stage at the forefront of the mix.
Son’s charismatic, unashamedly cocky vocal is expertly executed on the flawless ‘Six Foot’. With tense, spy-theme influenced samples and a streetsmart performance from the skilled MC, Giallo and Daniel cook up a standout with this track. The recognisable sample on ‘Frigid Knights’ is flipped in a unique way; Giallo’s chops are constantly impressive, and it’s his ear for traditional samples, whilst always maintaining his own sound, that is the backbone of this fantastic project. The material these two are bringing on ‘Remo Gaggi’ is truly exhilerating.
‘Car Seizures’ features Blizz on the chorus, and the raw, hard-hitting track is a testament to the versatility of both Daniel and Giallo. With that being said, it’s still the unmistakable sound of the duo. Expensive, lavish lyricism is laced over the crisp samples and consistent, crunchy drums; if you’re still spending hours complaining about the state of hip-hop right now you really need to do your homework. The penultimate track ‘Snow Cup’ is a resounding song, with luxurious, soaring strings providing the backdrop for more of Daniel Son’s trademark blend of gritty lyrics and regal references.
For any fan of boom bap production, soulful music, real lyricism and dope hip hop, this has got to be a no brainer. Daniel Son and Giallo Point are representing that authenticity to the fullest on ‘Remo Gaggi’, and this has crept in unannounced as one of the best projects released this year. The Crate Divizion and Brown Bag Money families are killing it with an abundance of consistently banging projects, and they show no sign of slowing down.
By Sam Bennett