Vision – Da Major (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Rising from a slow-burning, atmospheric and slightly cinematic opening passage, Vision then bursts into life, evolving into a salvo of deft and dexterous vocals running on a platform of skittering beats and depth-charge bass pulses. Lyrically reflective and musically dark and edgy, it plays with some wonderful sonic dynamics before fading out, like a musical scene or scenario which passes the listener briefly by before moving on, the end of the story resolving out of earshot.

It has the groove of the old school hip-hop sound but is built just as much on modern urban modus operandi. Essentially it is the best of both worlds, with one foot in that of the early hip-hop pioneers and the other striding out into a forward-thinking future.

Revolution might sound like the way to change the world but in musical terms its evolution that is key, that slow, gradual change from past sonic traditions to the modern way of doing things and then onwards into a bright new future. Vision is the sound of that evolution playing out. 

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