LyricL - UnequiVocalTokyo Dawn
"UnequiVocal" is an aptly title, for there may be no equal for the lyrical dexterity of poet and hip-hop lyricist Nkechi da LyricL (aka Lyric L). LyricL has performed with everyone from Mark De Clive Lowe, Bugz In The Attic and Aroop Roy just to name a few. "UnequiVocal" is her follow up to her smash debut "Amazed". Although that record dropped over six years ago she has seamlessly picked up where she left off. That means there's a myriad of rhythms tailored to her exceptional rhyming skills enhanced by a number of talented guests as well. On "Dreamstate" LyricL is joined by rapper 3rd Person and Breakplus to trade verses over a laid back boom bap beat. "Juxtapose" is an intoxicating Afro house number featuring Rachel Huggins and Shaun Ashby. "Expected To" featuring Daz-I-Kue is a wicked bruk beat track reminiscent of her work from the London broken beat scene from over a decade ago. That's just a sampling of the amount of gems spread across this record. I can easily go on but you need to listen for yourself, you won't be disappointed. Highly recommended.
Reg Dancy, 02/18