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RTRM Featured Music: Monday 17th September 2018

Monday 17th September / posted by Will Backler

NO NAME - ROOM 25 

Bursting out of south Chicago onto the underground hip-hop scene in emphatic fashion in mid-2016 with her debut mixtape Telefone was a then unknown Fatimah Warner, AKA Noname. a stunning release of jazzy, neo-soul influenced production with Noname's witty, conscious, clever lyrics and smooth flow proving a winning combination. Fast forward two years and Noname is finally back, this time with her debut studio album, Room 25. Rather than rushing to cash-in on the success of Telefone, Noname took her time to craft an exceptional release, with the two years seeing her her touring with a full band and further honing her craft and refining her writing and rhyming skills. With Room 25, Noname cements her status one of modern hip-hop's most interesting and diverse MCs, packed with intricate rhymes that are often long, quick and polysyllabic, while lyrically taking on themes of racism, gentrification, misogyny in hip-hop, mortality, love, loss and more, across 11 tracks of jazzy, alternative r&b. Room 25 makes one thing certain - Noname is definitely a big name these days.

SKULLCAVE- FEAR

Fear is a universal feeling amongst humanity that is usually perceived as a negative, causing a fight-or-flight reaction. What if instead it could be channeled into a creative outlet? This is just what local Doom/Post-Metal 3-piece Skullcave have done with their breathtaking debut album, Fear. While just 5 tracks, Fear is truly a full-length, weighing in at 45 minutes of deep, doomy goodness paired with elements of 90s grunge and shoegaze, where ethereal instrumentals are paired with melodious vocals, in a pleasingly organised raucous mix. Easing the listener in with opening track Escape, a beautiful, soft, instrumental piece, makes what is yet to come feel all the heavier and more powerful, as the rest of the album comes at you head-on, packed with fuzzy, distorted guitar tones playing massive, thunderous riffs, urgent, crisp drumming, and flowing, groove-laden bass lines, paired with alternating clean and dirty vocals. The result is in an idiosyncratic, compelling album of innovative, heavy sounds, proving that Fear can indeed be a good thing.

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