London duo Phoenix da Icefire & Husky Brown redefine rap music with astonishing new album "Panacea"
An extraordinary fusion of hip hop, electronica, r&b, dub, bass and soul provides a kaleidoscopic soundtrack for a powerful narrative addressing the environment, mental health, racism, knife crime and social decay.
By: New Dawn Records
Breaking from formulaic convention, it's a kaleidoscopic journey through the modern human experience.
Producer Husky conjures up diverse soundscapes. Fusing the sounds of the UK's inner city through the decades, the potent cocktail of hip hop, electronica, dub, reggae, soul and r&b is reminiscent of FSOL in their prime. It culminates in a dynamic and impressively coherent backdrop for Phoenix da Icefire to depict his visions of reconciling the chaos.
As a member of Triple Darkness, his reputation as one of the most gifted lyricists from the UK hip hop scene grew exponentially both at home and abroad. Here he sets his existential sights on the pressing issues currently facing corners of society and the global community at large.
Mirroring Husky's eclectic productions, Phoenix switches attention effortlessly to tackle recurring themes of the environment, mental health, racism, disengagement, eudaimonia and interdependence.
Amidst the frenzy of electronica, "The Humans are Coming" pens a letter of contrition to the mythological Gaia for the damage done to her realm, while the Caribbean flavours of "Judgement Day" shines a light on the Windrush scandal. "Sins of Gaia" continues the theme, the inner conflict between rage and calm dignity in the face of prejudice.
Electing higher paths while surrounded by maelstroms resonates through the hip hop of "Dark Rainbow Light" the soulful "Don't Doubt Yourself" and the vibrancy of "Life is Magic".
For their groundbreaking debut joint release, the pair have hard wired into society's mainframe. The empathy for mental health issues displayed in the poignant "Travelling Buddy" is underpinned by the album's narrative of hope, alternatively characterized through the slick r&b floor filler "Seasons of You". The dexterity of wordplay, metaphors and rhyme schemes are present throughout, epitomized by the neck breaking hip hop of "Mr Shine" and "Cosmic Soul". The ancient and futuristic symbolism providing the latitude to drill down to the core of an existence many will recognize amplified by Husky's cross cultural soundtrack.
An extraordinary and multidimensional album, but at its heart the essence of hip hop....rhymes, beats and life.
Out May 5th 2020
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