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Review: Carpetface – Cognitive Diss

In Hip Hop by Sophie Gaudin

He might be a new name to some, but Carpetface has actually been about for a while! The London born artist’s debut ‘The Friday Night Sniper EP’ came out in 2002 to acclaim and was played on MTV. He’s supported heavyweights such as Pete Rock, De La Soul, Onyx, The Pharcyde, Ugly Duckling & Blak Twang, and it doesn’t stop there. Last year he released “12345 Wake Up” as a fundraiser and raised €2K for the Refugee Community Kitchen, who work to help feed refugees in Calais.

Thematically, he is keen to take it to a political edge (check out track ‘Mud Sticks’ if this is your thing) whilst musically, the sound is pulsating and warm, with as much influence from jazz as there is boom bap. It’s one to move to – from the opening refrain of “how you feeling? I’m fine!” on “I’M FINE” the music gets into your body, infectious and jaunty.

“YOU ARE EACH (br) OTHER”, meanwhile, sounds like a direct and beautiful descendant of some of the earliest US hip hop tunes (right down to the Soul Children’s original “brothers and sisters!” sample) presenting a meaningful message delivered in a fun loving style.

This is without doubt one of the most exciting UK hip hop releases we’ve had yet this year. Listen to his interview on our Pyro Radio show here, and cop the album from his bandcamp at a paltry £6.50! You can also  get the album on 12″ vinyl on B-Line Recordings here

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