It is only natural at this time of war and crisis on the borders of Eastern Europe that everyone is trying to do anything and everything that they can to help. Musicians have a role to play as much as anyone, especially when it comes to raising awareness of the situation as music and video are powerful tools in the modern age. Insane in The Ukraine is Darrell Kelley’s contribution to this cause.

A neo-soul track built of skittering trap beats and smooth vocal deliveries, it straddles the line between traditional soul sounds and electronic urban ambience. But, of course, it is the message that is the most effective tool here. And to that end, the lyrics are poignant and hard-hitting, but there is no other way of doing the situation justice, as hard as that may be to hear.

It may only seem like a small act but solidarity is the name of the game and if a song like this encourages just one more person to take notice, then it has done its job.

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