Documenting the grind is an oft-treaded subject in grime music. While it’s a pretty simple topic — we all work hard, and we all want to do the best for ourselves — it can be hard to communicate engagingly. Beat down on your situation too much and you could end up in struggle rap territory; fail to inject the bars and instrumental with enough flair and the track could wind up lost in the ether.
Flowdan’s latest single – titled ‘Stash’ – is all about the grind. Set against heavy percussion and an unfurling sitar line, he transmits the long road to achieving success, keeping in mind how much perception plays a part when looking at the journey. Solo tracks from Flowdan often detail the darker aspects of life, but don’t always speak from the first person. He could be putting himself in the shoes of a character, taking inspiration from the things he’s seen, speaking from his own experience, or all three. Which, overall, lends a conceptual layer to his music; each strand of life he tackles in the lyrics contributing to an ongoing critique of living in the U.K.
Key to the track being great is Flowdan’s delivery. Considered and assertive, “Stash” strikes a balance between documenting the monotony of working and making sure the flow is tight with a strong hook that anchors the track. There is enough flair in the bars, and the right amount of real world-weariness to keep things relatable. It’s the first drop from his forthcoming “No Celebrations” EP, which drops on 9th October, so make sure to head over to the Spentshell Bandcamp page to cop it on release day.
Ryan Moss @_ryanmoss
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