NEW MUSIC | BLANKFACE ‘BONZAI TREES’ (@blankfaceed)

BLANK FACE“Bonzai Trees” is a great demon­stra­tion of exper­i­ment­al and inspir­a­tion­al sound. Inspired by one of his key influ­ences Fly­ing Lotus. blankface’s Bonzai Trees has an upbeat groove which drives through the beat. This is also laced with syn­th swirls, power­ful chords and an accom­pa­ny­ing brass horn build; giv­ing the listen­er a sense of a jour­ney as they listen through the track. Reach­ing a calm piano piece towards the end, provid­ing an intro­spect­ive feel to the beat before the final drum break comes in to fin­ish the jour­ney.

Very rarely is it that a new and upcom­ing pro­du­cer comes along and redefines a gen­re of music; com­bin­ing mul­tiple influ­ences togeth­er to cre­ate a sound and com­pletely new approach with­in gen­res, such as hip-hop or elec­tron­ic. UK based pro­du­cer blank­face how­ever, seems to be provid­ing music lov­ers with this whole new take on what this sound can be.

The pro­du­cer hail­ing from Brecon in rur­al Wales is on the verge of releas­ing his sem­in­al beat tape “Some­where I Doubt You’ll Find”. A col­lec­tion of tracks mer­ging the clas­sic drum grooves of hip hop, with the exper­i­ment­al sound of elec­tron­ic. He him­self claims the inspir­a­tion for the tape was a move away from the more Jazz Hop and Soul ori­ent­ated sound he has pre­vi­ously released, to a more exper­i­ment­al feel; and, the idea that we all oper­ate indi­vidu­ally inside our own minds. That each person’s men­tal­ity is unique, it is what drives and defeats them; and no mat­ter how you try to explain what you think or how you feel to someone else, no one can truly know or under­stand what’s inside your own mind. A place you’d doubt they’d find. His aim is that this tape can be some­thing any fans of instru­ment­al music can enjoy and take some­thing from. That without lyr­ics the listen­er can explore what each track means to them spe­cific­ally. How the beats may evoke dif­fer­ent emo­tions for each per­son. This idea is inspired by blankface’s love and admir­a­tion of the Lo-Fi hip hop move­ment.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rish­ma Dhali­wal has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rish­ma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.