Elekwent Folk – Northern Lights [Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – Northern Lights is the latest LP from Vancouver-based hip-hop group Elekwent Folk. Friends since high school, the group consists of producer AstroLogical and MCs A-Ro and Slippery Elm. With the infusion of jazz, progressive rock samples and raw drum breaks, the trio has crafted a sound that echoes their classic hip-hop influences but still has a modern touch.
From the get go, it’s pretty clear from the hushed lyrics and groovy beats that this definitely isn’t your mainstream hip-hop; it actually compares more easily to a modern-day hippie vibe. Just a listen to the first couple of tracks, “Borealis” and “Seasons Go” sets a tone of spirituality, culture, and passion for the album. The lyric and beat combination makes their sound reminiscent of A Tribe Called Quest, with its chill yet influential vibe. The chemistry between A-Ro and Slippery Elm is really captured on “Beat Pilgrim”, where the two feed off of each others’ energy – without overpowering the other – while spitting a story. By the end of the LP, most listeners will inspired to do something empowering themselves!
With appearances from Moka Only and Panther, the album screams West Coast. The most beautiful place on Earth is celebrated on every track. The trio strictly sticks to a theme, and that consistency is the difference that made Northern Lights a real piece of musical art.
Written by Shaheena Azmatullah for HipHopCanada
Tags: Elekwent Folk