New Zealand’s new generation of hip-hop has been firing on all cylinders. Whether it be Eno x Dirty, SWIDT or the various artists that have come out of The Growroom – not since the late 1990’s/early 2000’s has our island in the South Pacific seen such a sharp spike in talent. Now, with the release of the ‘New Love’EP, N eo (formerly Bryan Anderson) and Jinzo have climbed the mountain and taken their place within the pantheon of tomorrow. For a nation famous for innovators, inventors and ‘can-do’ attitudes the fact that a self-made and produced EP stands up to releases globally shows the pair should be a force of nature in the coming years.
The EP features 5 versatile tracks that show off a sensibility not often found in the age of Soundcloud rappers and *air quotes* freestyles. The first single from the project Celly establishes Jinzo and N eo’s ying and yang flows, with both emcees riding the tracks bouncing synth line with grace and balance.
The title track New Love is the crown jewel of the EP, with hooks for days that will roll around your head for as long as you let them – it’s a song from underground rappers that is accessible for anyone. A real feat. Again, the EP moves into new territory with Down4me being a track comparable with Roy Woods and anything currently coming out of OVO, and 2.am (Rockstar) sitting somewhere between a Kid Cudi and Travis Scott tune. Finally the EP finishes on Runaway. The track is an insight into the ‘real’ – a peep behind the curtain most artists wouldn’t be comfortable touching let alone brave enough to release. All in all New Love is five tracks that are a public service announcement: the bro’s are real.
Sniffed by Jake O’ Driscoll