November 7, 2012

Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones – VClipse from Zora Jones on Vimeo.

Son Raw’s wondering whatever happened to his copy of Romeo must Die.

It’s important to remember that before it was swiftly taken over by shirtless bros bent on making it the latest soundtrack to gurn to, Trap was actually an interesting idea in the hands of instrumental Hip-Hop producers. While it might be too late to save it from the Moombaton massive, artists like Salva, Schlomo, RL Grime and Ryan Hemsworth made some good music and are talented enough to survive long after the drum pattern and tempo have been run into the ground. Add Sinjin Hawke to the list: last year’s The Lights EP traded in a unique mix of synthesized bombast and delicate melody, landing midway between Squaresoft soundtracks and Shawty Red beats.

While technically miles from “authentic” (whatever that means at this point), he clearly understood the swing and groove inherent in the past decade’s Hip-Hop, something absent from too many tunes since then. This latest video with partner in crime (and sick DJ in her own right) Zora Jones is more proof of deep Hip-Hop roots: who else would re-imagine the intro to Belly as a psychedelic rave soundtrack, complete with 808 snare rolls and vast empty spaces? More proof that the combination of Hip-Hop and dance music need not cater to the lowest common denominator.

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