Review: (@Adventures_of ) ‘Love Sick’

Real Hip-Hop music is poet­ic by nature.  Some of the best poetry I’ve ever heard has been set to a kick­ing beat and delivered by a rap­per.  As Hip-Hop has evolved and moved away from it’s ori­gin­al definers, it seems that this ‘poetry ele­ment’ has been lost from a lot of main­stream rap.  Ori­gin­al hip-hop cel­eb­rated intel­li­gence and know­ledge with rap­pers bat­tling with each oth­er, not over who had the most expens­ive jew­ellery or best weaponry, but who had the deep­est meta­phors and most appeal­ing rhymes.  For­tu­nately for real hip-hop heads and appre­ci­at­ors of this side of the genre, 2014 has seen sev­er­al releases that once again find the links between hip-hop and poetry and exploit the oppor­tun­ity to dis­play intel­li­gence over badness.

One such release comes from UK artists ‘Adven­tures Of…’  (Bern­ard James and Koopa Nut) who recently released new album ‘Love Sick’ through bandcamp.

Album open­er ‘Let’s Go Home’ throws the listen­er straight in with a gor­geously subby base intro and then straight in with the vocal.  From the very start of the record ‘Adven­tures Of…’ dis­plays not only high abil­ity as poets but also skill as rap­pers, deliv­er­ing lines with per­fect appre­ci­ation for the use of lan­guage, short­en­ing cer­tain words and elong­at­ing syl­lables to cre­ate vocal rhythms.  The track also shows Adven­tures Of’s abil­ity to carry a decent hook.

Track 2, ‘Where We R’ con­tin­ues in a sim­il­ar vein, flow­ing per­fectly on from the open­er.  Track 3 ‘Place to Stay’, a mod­ern day, ever-so-relat­able love story is a def­in­ite album high­light, with Adven­tures Of… at their best lyr­ic­ally and in their deliv­ery.  The pro­duc­tion of this track par­tic­u­larly stands out, with superb instru­ment­a­tion cre­at­ing the par­layed beat.

This dis­play of high abil­ity is con­tin­ued through­out the album.  With sub­ject mat­ters vary­ing but always stay­ing relat­able to every­day life, the album is con­sist­ently engross­ing at the same time as being aud­ibly pleasing.

What is extremely sat­is­fy­ing about this record is it’s con­tinu­ity.  These are artists who know what they’re doing and how to do it expertly, and that’s what they ARE doing, there’s noth­ing here that shouldn’t be and at 10 tracks, it’s the per­fect length to kick back to and enjoy as a com­plete record, as inten­ded.  Recom­men­ded listening.

Key Tracks: Lets Go Home, Place to Stay, Live Right, Last Hit, Cold Mornings

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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 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.

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