South London-based hip-hop duo 808INK come through with a brand new album titled Noisy Neighbours. They have released some stellar music over the years, including last year’s When I’m About, You’ll Know and When I’m About, You’ll Know, Pt. 2, I was excited to hear what they had in store this time around, and they haven’t disappointed this time around.
With thumping and infectious production from 808Charmer, this album is focused more on rhythm and production than rapping, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. “Digital” kicks the album with stellar verses from 808Charmer and Mumblez Black Ink, with contributions from BlazeYL and IDEH. “Metro” featuring Le Grand GDR is one of the highlights for me, with the G-Funk like synth line that permeates within the hard-hitting beat and rap flows. “Last Train to Bigga Dance” has an eerie tone to it, reminding me of some old Timbaland production. “How Many” with Jay Prince is another great track, with a catchy beat and a stellar contribution from Jay Prince, who is one of the most exciting musicians right now. “4 Ways” is another brilliant track, while “Ten” with BlazeYL ends the album on a high with flows and an infectious, catchy beat that captures 808INK’s energy brilliantly. While there aren’t as many “OH M GOD” moments as WIAYK2 personally, it’s still a great project that showcases their talents as producers and poets.
Listen to 808INK’s new project Noisy Neighbours below via Spotify and don’t forget to support! Released via Sanus Hao Recordings.