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








Oliver Sudden – Phenomenaler Steez

Oliver Sudden, Reviews

Croydon MC Oliver Sudden releases his long awaited follow up to the 2012 ‘Phenomenal Steez’ album, and it’s a 14 track slice of quality UK hip hop. Sudden enlists some well chosen features and some of the scenes finest beat-makers to produce a diverse yet cohesive project sure to satisfy any hip hop head.

Phenomenaler Steez

As soon as the dusty hi hat and booming kick of ‘Touch Down’ start, it’s clear that this is exactly what you’d expect from a release on a label named Boom Bap Professionals. Sudden’s technical writing and his overall humble approach to spitting is effective, especially over the hard hitting beats found on this project. ‘The Buccaneer’ is a highlight from the album, with Oliver Sudden dropping well structured multi-syllabics about his skill and craft over a smooth instrumental with crisp drums, produced by Sam Zircon. ‘From The Depths’ finds Sudden directing his bars at the wave of hip hop fans that don’t know their history, calling out those who vocal Drake beats and the like; it’s clear that the Croydon MC is a true fan of the genre as well as a skilful rapper, something that is often missing in recent times with the rise and trend of YouTube spitters.

‘Lemon Chicken’, a collaboration with Stinkin Slumrok is another ‘Phenomenaler Steez’ highlight. The menacing instrumental, courtesy of Downstroke, backs both MCs as they drop verses with tight flows. ‘Worldwide’ finds Sudden collaborating with California spitter Mandeep Sethi and Liverpool based lyricist Benny Diction. The punchy beat is of a more modern sound than most of the material on the album, but Sudden still impresses, as do his collaborators. ‘Breakout’ is back to the hard-hitting boom bap; something that is unique about Sudden’s approach is his relaxed delivery over aggressive instrumentals; this is something that, perhaps unexpectedly, is very effective. Parallax and Mnsr. Frites join the Croydon MC on ‘Bang’, and this is another authentic and raw hip hop banger with a neck snapping beat and dope rhymes. ‘Singing In The Rain’ shows Sudden on a more socially conscious flex, and his versatility is something that becomes clearer and clearer throughout ‘Phenomenaler Steez’.

Oliver Sudden has delivered an excellent album here; the beats are consistently banging, the rhymes are always on point and the cohesive sound makes for a very enjoyable listen. Boom Bap Professionals have released a project very fitting with their name here, and this is one to check out for any fan of that 90’s inspired hip hop. Don’t get it twisted though; this doesn’t sound dated – Oliver Sudden gives us a fresh spin on golden era infused rap music.

By Sam Bennett