D.Tail displays his lyricisim and wit that he is quickly becoming known for, documenting his own experiences during self isolation and lockdown, mirroring many of our own since the lock down had begun. However staying in doors is not a new thing for the wordsmith, it’s the going out that creates opportunity for the real observations on human behavior in bite size pancakes. Rather than the traditional song structure this project is a collarge of sounds and styles that encapsulate a whole body of work rather than the traditional single led campaign.
The soundscape provided by producer Marley D, long time collaborator with D.Tail. Previously producing a joint EP together “Message In A Bottle”. His work on Pancakes ranges from Dusty jazz chops & Funk loops to hard hitting hip hop & soulful low-fi beats.
Every song thematically links together to paint the whole picture. The beginnings of social distancing to social media drinking games. By the halfway point “Outside Inn” Feat. Herda Vim gives a picture into the struggles of being a key worker who has to go out and still work (Vim) Vs the struggles of a bored person who’s stuck in doors and can only leave to go food shopping. From Sleepless nights to bizar dream sequences. This project is an interesting view into the mind of an artist in troubled times.
A comical yet dark tale about being held hostage by a violent über driver on “No Road Limits” leads to a big reveal on the following song “The Pattern” explaining that it was all a dream. The line “my Uber driver tried to kill me last night in my sleep”
Songs like “Gradius” is a pro 420 song that touches on the deaths of UK Legends “Black The ripper” & “Metropolis” of Foreign Beggars before going to mention “My brother TYs in hospital and pray for him everyday” TY was one of D.Tail’s Mentors and a friend who tragically passed 2 days before the album got released. This album is dedicated to his memory and all those who have been lost during the Corvid 19 pandemic.
Guests features lending their talent to the project include, D.Tail’s fellow ANTI (Anti-Social Club Collective) members: BGR — Miss R Lee (Mercy) Britizen Kane (Fugative) RaggZ (When The Food Runs Low) and Herda Vim (Outside Inn) as well as musicians Other Colours (Poker Face, Things Got Weird & Dreamsville With Katy Perry) HeTurnal (Pancakes) and even D.Tail’s mum pop’s up at one point during the recording process (Rap Verse)
The project climaxes with the final song Clouds. which is full of the excitement and enthusiasm of anyone thinking freedom is approaching.
The album documents the full journey of the CoronaVirus Pandemic lockdown though to the end… Or is it the end?
This record is a cohesive work of art capturing a moment in time.
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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.