Fliptrix -Patterns Of Escapism Review

This release helps to show that alternative rap has a place in hip hop. Fliptrix might not have made a perfect album, but it definitely shows he has talent.

The production is somewhat easy going with some higher energy elements to help carry it through. There are a lot of similarities between the songs which can lead to some of the tracks bleeding together slightly. That being said, there is a lot of difference between these beats and the majority of others that are out there right now, making this more of a stand out project.

The lyricism is good with clever wordplay and some changes in pace to keep a full listen through from getting boring. This project shows that Fliptrix can write bars but his delivery could do with something extra. Whether it is confidence or passion, his performance is slightly lacking in the star quality to be a mainstream success, but hopefully he will find it for his next release.

The features help to keep this project flowing with good performances, but some are a little too similar to the main artist to have a huge impact. The guests all write great verses but there appears to be a lack of chemistry with some of them and the performance aspect is very similar to Fliptrix. Some guests with less things in common may go a long way to lifting this album.

Overall, this is an entertaining release in bite size chunks, but can be hard work to get through all seventeen tracks. Fliptrix has some shining moments, but needs to try and make them more consistent if he wants to break into the mainstream.

The Four Owls – Natural Order Review

This is an enjoyable project from The Four Owls, but is not as alternate as iTunes tried to tell me it is. It is simply UK rap that does not fall under the Grime genre, not alternate rap.

The production is good and is different from regular rap, but is not unheard of in style. The beats are smooth and sound more musically traditional in the sense that you can hear more real instrument sounds instead of modern noise. The group may try some more modern beats to try and acquire a wider audience but the production they have chosen so far in thier careers have been good for the message they want to send.

The lyricism is good and not overly complex. Plenty of lyrical techniques are involved throughout the project and are accessible to all listening. The more hardcore lyrical listeners may argue that the lyricism doesn’t run deep enough but there is enough here to satisfy most who hear it and enjoy it.

The features are good and help to add more diversity to the already differentiated tracks. Each gives a new angle on the message for the track while also showcasing their own talent to the audience of the album. Maybe some more big names to help increase their profile would be good on their next album, but these all do their job well on this one.

Overall, this is an entertaining album to listen to and a good step for The Four Owls. A refreshing take on rap music while still not taking any really big steps out of the playbook has lead to a great listening experiance and a great project for Rap.