Draw­ing inspir­a­tion from recent events both per­son­ally and glob­ally, Joshua Luke Smith is set to drop Volume Two of his ‘Beats And Pieces’ mix­tape series. The six-track offer­ing sees the UK spoken word/hip hop artist con­tin­ue his uniquely per­son­al approach to music, tak­ing stock of the fra­gil­ity of life and cel­eb­rat­ing it in all its mys­tery, absurdity and beauty.

After 2 weeks that saw his wife and fath­er admit­ted to hos­pit­al and then the Cov­id-19 crisis hit the world, Joshua found him­self tak­ing to the pen in order to try and com­pute what was going on around him, writ­ing the tracks in hos­pit­al wait­ing rooms and record­ing the mix­tape in under a month at home. The res­ult­ing pro­ject is a cath­artic and cel­eb­rat­ory col­lec­tion of songs which muse on his cur­rent mind­set, call­ing to all on human­ity to sit back and take in just how lucky we are. Joshua explains fur­ther:

“The songs were penned dur­ing an intens­ive four-day stint in the hos­pit­al where my wife was under­go­ing unex­pec­ted sur­gery at 28 weeks preg­nant. My dad was hav­ing sur­gery to remove can­cer and the Cov­id-19 crisis con­sumed the news. Reject­ing the choice to retreat into the ques­tions of ‘why’ I leant into the ancient wis­dom of spir­itu­al writers, echo­ing the chor­us ‘what a gift it is to live at all’. This pro­ject is both for the exist­en­tial crisis and the moments of awe-struck won­der because some­times, in the midst of both calam­ity and clar­ity the only fit­ting words are ‘Thank you’.”

Out 14th April, the pro­ject replaces Joshua’s up-com­ing album which he has put back, along­side a UK tour for later this year. Instead the mix­tape rep­res­ents Joshua’s cre­at­ive offer­ing for a peri­od that is cry­ing out for more art and pos­it­iv­ity.

‘Beats And Pieces: Volume Two’ is out on all stream­ing plat­forms 14th April 2020 

Streams:‑2 | lead single ‘Mean­ing­less’ (Offi­cial Audio):

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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.