Parallel – Jocker’s sound is one you would expect to hear at the end of a turn up at a homie’s place; new school South African hip hop with that chilled Pretoria swag. His production is akin to Roy Woods, with a hint of JODY (while they were working with The-Drum). Jocker ‘s management Club Soda make a variety of hip hop sounds, with artists such as Soba, where you can really hear each others’ influence on each others albums.
Precis – Drawing inspiration from Nasty C, Jocker’s local sound is on trend with style including Pretoria vernacular in his lyrics. His most popular song Special Girl made him known in Pretoria North, gaining momentum for the release of his new song Fourteen which came out earlier this month. As always, the mellow beat provides a platform for his punchline rhymes.
Vibe – Great for when you’re just chilling & smoking, or having a small gathering with like-minded friends.
Parallel – Artists such as Koreless, Holy Other, Burial, Spooky Black and especially Mount Kimbie (maybe even Darq E Freaker if his work was chopped and screwed) come to mind when describing the music of Strange New Generation, solely based on atmosphere and ambient quality. They liken themselves to acts such as Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Paramore, Alabama Shakes, and Soul Section, while drawing their inspiration from seasonal TV Shows and director Nabil’s creations.
Precis – Other than what’s been mentioned above, their sound is incomparable – music for the depressed and whoever can find beauty in the sounds offered in these 3 young men’s art. Tracks such as “Pizza & Cheap Vodka” and “Trippy Love Letter” show their production prowess and have a subdued mood which translates throughout the whole album. “Gooli”, a piano masterpiece that Sampha would appreciate, acts as an interlude to the smooth “I Know” that can have you floating (Listen here).
Vibe – Dope for if you’re feeling sad and want to be even sadder. Great for night drives, background music for an underground art gallery, and a chilled night in a garden (around some loose leaves) with close homies.
You can catch these guys at WOKE Arts JHB on the 30th of April.
Parallel – Atlas Greene is a rapper based in Chicago reminiscent of Raury, this particular album having a feel of Jazz Cartier & Joey Bada$$. His storytelling is gripping & relatable, as this album is based around college experiences & how he’s navigating his emotions & dealing with stress during this time. I would also compare his music to that of Lil Pain, Kilo Kish & Bobby Raps solely based on how the lyrical content of each song bounces of the heavy beats, practically rendering them bass ballads.
Precis – Strong emotion that makes you really listen is felt through the songs “You Don’t” & “Exits”, while “Live from Lithonia” describes his most immediate worries & how they could manifest to future woes. “Mangos” is a hustling anthem, with the phrase ‘riding through the streets tryina get it, tryina get it’ as the hook riding the production, which offers a hard hitting progression that’s sure to get your head bobbing. This album also has a 90’s nostalgia atmosphere, just as most of what hip hop street culture is peddled as in mainstream media.
Vibe – Perfect for night drives during rain season & also great a great album to send to someone feeling overwhelmed by student life & needs to be assured that they’re not alone.
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Parallel – You’ll find Smino similarities in artists like Saba, Vic Mensa and Chance The Rapper, Smino finds his niche in his unconventional lyrical capabilities, similar to Mick Jenkins.
Precis – Smino’s versatility on the album finds him spitting over smooth lacy beats on tracks such as “Blkswn” and “Father Son Holy Smoke”. Smino’s content boasts diverse content in his tracks and stitches witty bars together like a vet easily forgetting that Blkswn is his Debut Album.
Vibe – Good for cranky mornings and group study sessions. Surprisingly soothing during long late night drives, and good for any type of company 😉