YEAR0001’s collection of true gems expands with Bladee’s EXETER, his latest short but dense album. The man needs no long-winded introduction, just a reminder of his most known album, Eversince, from 2016, an astonishingly visionary product, and his artistic contribution to the whole Drain Gang crew’s music from day one. Gud, whose work for the label is constant as well as renowned, produces every track on EXETER.
The artist is loyal to his traditional sound: dreamy synths, playful melodies and tender, melancholic lyrics. Rainbows, flowers, love and spring imagery, as in “RAIN3OW STARS (LOVE IS ALL)” or “DNA RAIN”, are the thematic vibes. He seems to confirm his standing position on the sweet side of emo-rap, which distances him from the gloomier or deep flexing wave in which his music might float, but still keeping it mysterious and enchanting.
Among the nine tracks there are only two features, both from Ecco2k (we loved e, as you can read here https://soulfeederweb.com/reviews/ecco2k-e-review/). “WONDERLAND” and “LOVESTORY”, besides following the soft loving leitmotiv, reach extremely lofty moments of heavenliness, as if the two wanted us to hear what dreams are truly made of. Ecco’s unique baby voice is a pure chemical addition to the magic that Bladee crafts.
EXETER is the umpteenth example of the solid concept that lies in first place under Bladee’s musical vision and in second place under the direction from the label, whose products are each time more aware of the listener’s ultimate needs.