Low slung beats and wistful melodies bring a ray of warm sunlight in times that have cast cold dark shadows over all of us. Lyrics of pure poetry flow, expressing the emotions of a generation finding their way through love, life and the world today. While musically the foundations on the compilation are predominantly Hip Hop, there are also wonderful flourishes of jazz and soul. A perfect example of the fresh UK producers, rappers and singers that are bringing new quality to the table.
The Silhouettes Project as told by its founders Jaden and Asher: “We started The Silhouettes Project in February 2019, to shine a light on the new generation of underground Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Soul music in the UK. Community is everything to us, and we wanted to show that with a proper support network, access to professional facilities, and the encouragement of a family of artists, our community could produce something incredible. We felt a joint frustration that the current music scene in the UK only had structures in place to support talent of a certain genre whilst overlooking a buzzing alternative Hip-Hop culture.We wanted to unify artists who are making ground-breaking music but who are in need of a solid structure to work within – artists who we felt deserved more recognition. This led us to the name ‘The Silhouettes Project’, as we wanted to shine a light on those artists in the shadows. The journey started by embarking on a collaborative album project which allowed us to bring together more than 30 artists on a single tape and to create a network of incredibly talented artists of the same calibre. The album took more than a year, working almost every day at the Root 73 studio, a community space in Hackney. We knew from the first few sessions that we were on to something, and the energy around the project kept it moving. As artists ourselves we understood that the creative process can be challenging and sometimes isolating, especially when there is no clear support network to fall back on. This led us to bring our efforts into the physical realm by organising a series of free live music events for all of these artists to come to, showcase their work alongside our house band, and connect with each other. These events take place at The Total Refreshment Centre in Dalston, an underground studio complex and warehouse space, which gave the events an intimate community feeling and the people a sense of belonging. There is a desperate need for spaces in which people can come together and develop their creative potential, especially with the consistent withdrawal of funding from the arts sector in the UK and with the constant threat of gentrification which has seen the closure of countless community and grassroots creative organisations. As we grew as a brand and organisation, we began to fully understand the importance of what we were doing. From the studio sessions to the events, we saw the impact on people’s outlooks on their own careers, we saw them growing confidence in performing and collaborating and even taking their own initiative to utilise the network provided for them. We heard their feedback, we felt the excitement in the atmospheres at our events and studio sessions, and we saw the community grow every time we brought it together.”
check out one of the many gems on this release…..Pedro Retro & Meron T – Standing There
An album that’s already getting its deserved recognition from the Hip Hop community and beyond. Brimming with talent to definitively watch out for in the future. The silhouettes project is an impressive document, file under ‘up-and-coming artists’…….if you can stop listening to it first.
|A1||Bel Cobain & Lex Amor||At The Bay||2:20|
|A2||Manik MC & Elisa Imperilee||July||3:13|
|A4||Louis The Hippie||Blessing||3:58|
|A5||Summers Sons, Majical & C.Tappin||Free Your Mind||4:09|
|A6||KeepVibesNear & Nix Northwest||What You Need||3:36|
|B1||Kofi Stone & Joe Beard (7)||Like We Used To||3:44|
|B3||Pedro Retro & Meron T||Standin There||3:46|
|B4||Kosher & Eerf Evil||Chase It||3:05|
|B5||Turt & Stephanie Santiago||The Process||3:47|
|B6||Kieron Boothe & Morgan Lorelle||No Peace||3:36|
|B7||Louis The Hippie||Fruits||2:03|
Available on Digital and (beautiful) Vinyl The Silhouettes Project | The Silhouettes Project (bandcamp.com)