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Mantrakid – Palmflower Black [Review]

Mantrakid - Palmflower Black

Calgary, AB – Substituting the clear jewel case concept for a snazzy little tin case, Mantrakid already receives bonus points for his packaging of Palmflower Black, a hip-hop album strongly informed by electro-pop, funk and rock.

Entirely self-produced, Mantrakid orchestrates a dark, synth-heavy soundtrack of deep bass along with squealing guitars and horns that straddles styles diverse enough to accompany both his singing and rapping, as well as all stops in between.

Mantrakid jumps from the Quannum-style funky hip-hop of “Next Shit” into the soulful indie-rock meets hip-hop of “I’m My Own Opponent.” Or from the epic space rock hip-hoppera of “Genesis” into Ween-like stoner rock “Life Wins.” And that’s not even mentioning the spine-crushing, hard-as-hell hip-hop hits, like “Ability to Rap,” a funny concept track anchored by a wicked elastic bassline, or “Felt Tipped Dignity,” which sounds like freaky rapper THlostOT rapping abstractly over some early Soul Assassins production.

When all is said and done, Mantrakid has created an album that offers plenty of variety yet remains a cohesive album despite that.

Fans of dark, boundary-bending hip-hop are sure to love the diversity of Mantrakid’s Palmflower Black, an album that is more than just good; it further fortifies the status of Calgary label Neferiu as a hidden gem within the Canadian music scene

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Written by Thomas Quinlan for HipHopCanada.

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