Review: Adian Coker – Time Out Of Mind EP
It’s been a big year for Adian Coker with a string of big hitting videos on YouTube culminating in the release of debut EP Time Out Of Mind. Opening with samples of Muhammad Ali on the intro Pure Time Out Of Mind is a strong and confident assertion of his talent and growing presence in UK hip hop.
The EP is intensely lyrical as Adian typically packs a large number of bars into each verse with a diversity of wordplay and references, even Shakespeare à la Akala, all sustained by a smooth and continuous flow. Throughout Aidan manages to weave thought and depth into his lyrics. Even Get Money, arguably the EP’s main banger, manages to avoid the straight materialism of much mainstream rap with a focus on overcoming obstacles in life and pursuing success.
Whilst Adian’s abilities as an MC are central to the EP a notable feature is also the self production which typically relies on a simple combination of heavy percussion and synth with well written hooks, seen in evidence on Gospel from Raheem Bakare- the album’s one guest artist. Another key feature of Adian’s work are the visuals which as well as being directed and shot to a high quality prove as clever as some of his wordplay, Been There being a particularly interesting example.
Certainly one to watch with positive reactions already being given from names such as DJ Semtex and Mistajam Aidan Coker stands to become a key new player in UK hip hop with Time Out Of Mind providing a strong example of his all round talent.