Daniel Son – Remo Gaggi (Review)

Daniel Son, Giallo Point

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








Vic Grimes – Sneaky Beats (Review)

Reviews, Vic Grimes

Canadian producer Vic Grimes, representing the Crate Divizion crew, releases ‘Sneaky Beats’, a fifteen track beat-tape that showcases his jazzy, sample-based productions, which have a vintage style, and sound like a silky spy-themed soundtrack to a grittier James Bond, drinking a brandy over the more traditional martini’s whilst out in the smokey back streets.


 ‘Vampires’ is a crisp production with twinkling jazzy piano and a fantastic bass riff. The drums are loud, with a sharp open hi-hat and punchy kick drum that hold the beat together flawlessly. The brass, the bassline, the eclectic sample-based production; Vic Grimes puts it all on display on the brilliant ‘Causin’ Ruckus’. The Canadian beatsmith has solidified a unique, recognisable style, and ‘Sneaky Beats’ is an excellent place to start if you’re not already familiar.

Grimes’ skill manifests itself not only in dope beats; ‘Sneaky Beats’ plays out as a really cohesive listen, and it’s a very well put-together tape. ‘Detectives’ continues the spy-esque hip-hop soundtrack with a simplistic production, and the tight, jazz snare takes it to that next level. ‘Dastardly’, although one of the shorter cuts on here, is also one of my favourites. The 50s jazz flips, the cartoonish sound effects and the pure groove to Grimes’ production here are a winning formula.

‘Smoke & Mirrors’ is a classy, tasteful jazz-influenced cut, and the sheer amount of dope beats on here are a testament to Vic’s consistency. Tracks like ‘Piano Mafia’ are prime examples of how the CDVZ beat-maker packs his production’s with character and personality; the twinkly keys, crisp and gritty drums and ingenious brass samples give off an infectious, encapsulating vibe that keeps you hooked from start to finish.

The tense ‘Crime Everywhere’ is fantastic (it was originally used on Grimes and PhybaOptikz’s recently released ‘Stickup On The 22nd Floor’ project); the original track is one of my favourite songs of last year, and the beat is just as dope as a standalone instrumental. ‘Burnin’ Loosies’ too is layered, subtle and skilfully composed. The back end of ‘Sneaky Beats’ gives us a prolific stream of dope cuts; ‘Hammers’ is nice, and it closes out on ‘Goon Theme Music’, which again shows Grimes’ terrific chops and crisp end results.

So, all in all, ‘Sneaky Beats’ is a must-have. The Crate Divizion family have a vault of quality releases, both with vocals and instrumental, and Vic Grimes has once again demonstrated why the clique have such a formidable reputation. With a unique, recognisable sound and style, 2016 is set off in the right way with this one.

By Sam Bennett