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Essa, under his former name, Yungun, rose through the UK Hip-Hop ranks to reach a worldwide audience. With a new label and a new(ish!) name comes a new musical direction.
On ‘Time For Something New’ he’s roped in collaborators as diverse as Simbad, Waajeed, Finn Peters, plus UK Hip-Hop legend Skinny Man and Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck. Add in a remix from Hyperdub rising stars LV and you have a release that leaps over musical boundaries.
The EP takes in latin-fuelled bass music, low-slung anthemic hip hop and nu soul with LV’s ‘Panache’ remix adding minimal, claustrophobic club beats to the mix.
Tying it all together is Essa’s powerful lyrical flow, his on-point rhymes effortlessly blending serious subject matter with witty one-liners. The EP is a taste of things to come, showing that, beyond tight rhymes and banging beats, there is real song-writing ability here. Look out for his new album ‘The Middle Man’ due in 2013.