Ivorian hip hop/rap artist Karim Tanoé delivers us “Eros Murmur”, the third track and third piece of the narrative that is The Next Step. Continuing with the battle between the realist and the dreamer, “Eros Murmur” gives off more of a fun and lustful vibe making it the most club-ready release up to this point. As expected from Karim, there is more than meets the ear with this track. Where you hear lust it is in fact a deceitful lust, one that promises false hopes in exchange for romance only further pinning the realist against the dreamer.
“Eros Murmur” can get you jamming, dancing, chilling or all of the above while you listen. It maintains Karim’s introspective spirit but it does so in a more accessible and relaxed way as compared to his other two releases so far. The track alludes to a fortune-teller selling dreams to his clients and pinning these dreams up against lustful pursuits. The realist and the dreamer are now in conflict over who to believe but both share the passion of lust and desire making this conflict more nuanced than it was in the first two tracks. This nuance is heard through the variation of deep introspection and playfulness apparent in the track.
This mix tape is a sequel to Karim’s The First Step which was released to acclaim from Huffington Post last year. The storyline builds up from this debut, as a transition in power between the realist and the dreamer bring us into a new sound and energy for The Second Step. To our pleasure, Karim continues putting emphasis on lyricism and rhyme in this second mix tape, showcasing the two most advanced and compelling components of his artistry. In a rollout plan that entices excitement similar to the way prime-time programing did in the early 2000s , make sure to stay tuned each week to hear the next piece of Karim’s stunning and powerful battle between reality and the world that he reimagines for himself. And ask yourself, what side do you give your power to?
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