DJ Roast Beatz and Pheonix Da Icefire are a duo with not only a collab alum (Baptism Under Fire) already under their belt, but also a vast ammount of solo achievements. Roasts career spans gigs alongside the likes of Method Man, Immortal Technique, Klashnekoff, an Itch FM residency and a solo album, while Pheonix, a South East London born mc whos one half of Higher Heights records, started off in the garage scene under the name of Swiftly and has since developed into an accomplished Hip Hop mc, working extensively with the likes of Triple Darkness and forming the collective Midas Touch alongside AKS and J Tha Exodus.
Between them, theyre about to release their second collab offering, Terminal Velocity. An 8 track EP, it features Boom Bappy beats and tight cuts from Roast with a real true school turntablist feel that really come out on the more upbeat intro track Terminal Velocity and Gods Blueprints where Pheonix steps back for a while to let Roast show off his turntable prowess. These are layed underneath often deep and reflective rhymes from Pheonix that reflect the struggles of UK street life in a way thats just abstract enough to make you think, but doesnt opt too heavily for the cosmic wandering styles.
Guest verses also come from Cyrus Melachi on Walking With Angels where the Jewels of Life lyric, an ongoing motif throughout the Ep and the title of the main single. Cyrus adds some nice variety to proceedings with that deeper, slightly flemmy voice and heavy punches, while Scripture and Iron Braydz also come with verses in the second half of the EP.
Although the whole thing has a heavily frustrated vibe and talks a lot of struggle and pain, something youve only got to look at Pheonixes biography to realise he knows a lot about, tracks such as Ghetto Isis add variety and provide less troubled lyrics, an ode to the opposite sex in this case. Pheonixs more singy style for the hooks and choruses also breaks up verses really well.
The whole EP is well produced, with great attention to detail in the beats and tight rhymes, a nice flow between tracks and a solid vibe and style while still retaining some variety, although perhaps not as much as their earlier collab album.
It drops on 20th July and will be available in all the normal places as well as directly from Roasts Bandcamp, so go cop it!
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