Scene and Heard – CCXCVII : Living My Life  – Droop ft. J-Love and Codo (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

UnknownWhat’s in a name? Ambient hip-hop? Trip-rap? Space-Trap? Sure, I’m just making things up now but truly original music requires you to do that and Living My Life comes from a truly original place. Rap, hip-hop, urban music, call it what you will genres are a thing of the past anyway, has come a long way in a short time, embraced studio possibilities and the sonic potential afforded by the advancement of audio technology and reivented itself every few years.

Okay, you can pick at the sonic weaves and find urban threads, trippy electronica, ambient vibes and late night haze but as always it is how these are put together that counts and Droop and his cohorts have found a new angle on blending all of these disparate sounds.

So they may prove to be the masters of deconstruction but the main thing that they use to piece the musical building blocks back together, the musical glue if you like, is space. It is the atmosphere, the gap between the beat, the things which aren’t played and the pause between the lyrics which make it all so effective. Many musicians believe the most effective form of communication is to get up front and in the listeners face… or at least in their ears but Droop’s Living My Life shows that less is most definitely more and that absorbing music by some sort of creative osmosis is equally…no, make that much more, effective.

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