TOP EPs of 2016
Discovered by veteran producer No ID, Snoh creates soulful R&B with an old school flair in the mould of artists such as Sade (@SadeOfficial), Janelle Monaé (@JanelleMonae), and the fallen Amy Winehouse (@amywinehouse).
With a limited catalogue available, Don’t Explain already shows a tremendous amount of range artistic growth in comparison to previous efforts. This is a musician who looks set to make a much larger impact in 2017. Don’t sleep.
I got into this late in the year but it’s kinda funny how I stumbled upon it.
I stumbled into the video for the best track on the EP, “Adios“, after watching a few music videos of Nova Rockafeller (@NovaRockafeller) on YouTube. Nova, a Los Angeles transplant from Edmonton, Alberta who was regularly featured on early King of the Dot (@KingOfTheDot) videos, has a co-directing credit on the “Adios” video. Strangely enough, Blimes Brixton (@blimesbrixton), who used to go by the stage name Oh Blimey, was actually a fairly accomplished battle rapper back in the Grind Time days. Not quite a full circle moment but nearly.
Like Blimes, Gavlyn (@HiiGAVLYN) has been rapping for the better part of the past decade, earning herself quite a reputation throughout the underground LA rap scenes. This EP pits the two MCs and their undeniable chemistry against a backdrop of cold and steely beats sourced from the UK which allowed for Dodgy to show up as a nice little surprise towards the end of the calendar.