After solo releases, freestyle vids, and relentless gigging that included slots on Verb T’s Morning Process tour and last year’s Boom Bap Festival; Moreone and Denziller have dropped their début collaboration, Morbiddenziller. The album sits comfortably within a distinctive sound the emcee’s favour, yet manages to continuously reinvent itself from within. Sam Zircon’s grim bassline on Zircon Air sets the tone, as frosted bells jangle loosely under Moreone’s gloomy flow that matches the queasy cover art. The mood lightens as the duo drop 90’s style rhymes over upbeat guitar loops on Mega Trip; then offer a more modern perspective on society over a dope mid-paced instrumental from Out The Box producer Rebs on Charity Case. A varied beat selection works to the album’s advantage on the previously-released single, Number One Fan, as Reklews assembles an ensemble of eerie sounds with the sparsity of a radiated wasteland, animated by the stylish bars.
Suntzu’s short skit She Was stands out for it’s lyrical honesty, catchy piano loops and hype Redman ad-libs, before the tone descends back into the murky depths with a dusky beat from Drae and a standout verse from Moreone on OG’s Lullaby. After listening to Inspecta Morze’s SP1200 beats on youtube for about a year now, it’s dope to see him get a feature on a UK Hip Hop album; and his chilled boom bap style brings out the best in the MC’s; their flow settling into a groove with a memorable chorus. Guilty was already one of my favourite Drae instrumentals, and with the MC’s riding high on a strong second wind, this well-constructed song makes it two-for-two on the catchy hooks, leading into nothing but straight flows from Moreone on Asswipe. Don Piper manifests a clear ear for melody on Dark Horses, as Moreone and Denziller take the time to respect the UK legends that paved the way for them; then turn their efforts to scripting yet another huge hook that’ll keep your head nodding.
The closing note is an odd one, as Slightly Mad ends on an obscure tone that plays like a hallucinogenic disco-in-hell; but doesn’t detract from the fact that Morbiddenziller is a dope first album that grew in quality as it elapsed in run-time. Both MC’s pen perceptive lines free from posturing and bullshit, blessing every track with articulate rhymes and inventive wordplay over ill production across the board. As they progress musically and hone their sound further, there’s no doubt that the years of work these two rhymers have put into their craft will pay off, and take them where they want to go both musically and physically.
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