ALBUM: THE REMEDY
LABEL (YEAR): SELF-RELEASED (2015)
FOR FANS OF: LITTLE SIMZ, JEHST, A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, SOULS OF MISCHIEF
Words by Jasper Morvaridi
In recent years, UK hip-hop has in many ways been overshadowed by the growth of grime. Although the likes of Jehst and the High Focus Records roster have continued to keep the hip-hop flowing, last year Camden-based OthaSoul breathed new fresh air into the UK scene with their self-released debut, The Remedy. The trio are made up of Louis VI, Dozer Carter and DMobbs, and this album is their follow up to 2013 EP, Real Talks, cementing their neo-soul inspired boom bap hip-hop sound.
The Remedy is a very considered LP, in which you can really hear the trio’s deep musical knowledge and influences through their flow, subject matter and production. On their Bandcamp, they aptly describe the album as a “reflection on the state of the world and the struggle of their home city”. Conscious lyrics address the politics of race and the fact that so many of our generation are being habitually screwed over by inequality and a ruling elite. Despite the laid back delivery of such hard-hitting topics, you can still sense the trio’s anger and frustration.
In terms of production, beats are carefully constructed and you can really hear the influence of groups like A Tribe Called Quest and Souls of Mischief. On ‘The Sickness’, for example, the group’s use of a jazz sample acts as a nod to early-90s hip-hop. Guest appearances from Nikki Cislyn, Poppy Ajudha and Soulection’s Tom Misch round off an LP that truly exhibits OthaSoul’s incredible potential in making an album that neatly fuses hip-hop and neo-soul.
This is a great example of how hip-hop coming out of London is back on the rise. With other artists such as Little Simz also self-releasing successful rap albums in 2015, it would appear that a new era in the UK scene is upon us... And I’m more than excited.