Moka Only – Martian Xmas 2010 [Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – Moka Only’s 7th annual Martian Xmas album has finally arrived: Martian Xmas was never intended to be a ‘standard Xmas’ album per se but more of an expedition into the sounds of North American winter during the holiday period. The theme of the Martian Xmas album series has progressed from a literal definition of a visiting Martian into a permanent earth dweller who simply feels alienated and uses the music as his main means to even connect with the rest of the world.
Moka is the Martian and takes you on a journey during the holiday season from its point of view. A lot of the songs are fragmented and spliced with jazzy soul instrumentals and drum breaks, but the sound is consistent all the way through. Moka’s brand of off-kilter, lyrical flows sounds perfect over this production. The lyrics paint an array of scenes of Xmas shoppers, last minute holiday preparations, family, friends, the weather and jazz.
On the mellow “X-mas GWOP” we follow the Martian’s activities as he spends money during the holiday season. To the backdrop of cheerful horns on “Wubba Wub” he sends season greetings to friends and fellow MCs across Canada, wishing everyone “Wubba Wub”, supposedly the Martian term for “Happy Holidays”. On the calming “Monna Pye” he expresses why holidays are his favourite time of the year with memorable lines such as “ In ‘02 I kept the tree up for a whole damn year.” Martian Xmas 2010 provides an entertaining, original, and soothing soundtrack to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
Written by Eric Yensu for HipHopCanada