As readers can check out on our main blog, 2006 Global Battle of the Bands winners Heavy Mojo will soon be leaving us, having signed a deal for their first Major record release with Universal. Surely we’re sad (and thrilled at the same time), yet what better occasion to celebrate one of the greatest bands to have been on Beatpick??
Blow Out The Sound is the band’s second album, a truly inspiring journey across the past, present and future of Hip Hop: from Funk to Rock, from Old Skool beats to Jazzy breaks, no influences are excluded, in such a fresh and intriguing melting pot no music fan will be disappointed.
Still, Blow Out The Sound is actually even more than that: its sharp lyrics have no problems tackling all modern Hip Hop values and clichès, and carrying home a strong, convincing message very few records are brave enough to even attempt.
“Carz and Clothes” brings down the axe on all the sexist and capitalistic ideals ruling nowadays Hip Hop imagery: “I never thought I’d see the day when music don’t exist, when every song’s about putting money in your fist or putting shiny shit around your wrist“. Following in the steps of Chicago-based Rap prophet Common, the band are clearly out to deliver a message to the whole afro-american community, and this is just a beginning, as practically all the songs on the record deliver hard-hitting, uncompromising lessons in credibility and morality.
Take “Lovely Lie“, for example, a surprisingly feminist semi-ballad, where the black woman’s self-subjugating dependence on drug-dealing, prostitute-fueling men is examined in a crude and passionate mode, reaching emotional peaks in the Faith No More styled crossover chorus (“Baby, why’d you live that lie?”): no surprise that with producers James Salter and Rusty Fowler (previously at work with Rage against the Machine and Stone Temple Pilots) the Rock heritage should be so clear.
Kicking off with a human beatbox solo, “Black Sand” is another standout track, where Dirty Dollarz, Priest and Simon Stone‘s alternated vocals pay a tribute to the involution of a Black neighbourhood and its traditions. An intimate and touching insight on afro-american family and community relations.
Another favourite song at Beatpick is closing track “Mojo’s Last Stand“, a self-celebratory, light-hearted Funky Rock anthem for the next generation of Hipsters, driven by contagious hand-clapping and obsessive guitar rifferama.
Now’s the perfect moment to discover one of the hottest bands on the planet! Before their notoriety shoots up (and, alas, also the price of their music), buy or license Heavy Mojo music at Beatpick rates!
To download the four aforementioned songs for free, click here. (this link will only be active until the 25th of July)
To hear the full album in streaming, visit the Heavy Mojo profile on Beatpick.com.