LIVE REVIEW: KAY GREYSON, JOHN DOLE @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle (17.09.20) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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John Dole brings the chilled party vibes to the socially distanced setting of Tyne Bank Brewery. Collective Thoughts is his calling card, a rap and electronica hybrid which finds that fine line in excelling in two genres and moulding them together to create something quite unique. Newer tracks flirt with R’n’B vibes, finding a potential crossover accessibility for fans of artists such as Drake.

Whilst her debut album Morning After Music was all about spiritual and mental catharsis, young Newcastle rapper Kay Greyson’s newer material sees her exploring different avenues and embracing a more energetic and positive sound. Opener Paris does just that; amidst tranquil beats and at ease vocals she dreams of other cultures and realities and, at least for one night, escaping lockdown. Another “sentimental” track, Relief, was the last song Kay played before lockdown and it gets another airing tonight, a poppy sound harking back to 90s acts like De La Soul. Getting back to her self-described “hard hip-hop shit,” Come Down is one of those more cathartic tracks, referencing drug use and idols like Tupac. Making its live debut, We Are The Way is full of menacing beats with an anthemic chorus which has people up on their feet in their socially distanced squares, “I think it’s ok to bop…” quips Kay. That’s Your Car is the kind of track that finds the local rapper having more fun with her crowd, complete with audience participation. “I used to hate myself,” sings Kay on another new track Good, but the smiles and the appreciative nods indicates an artist that is learning to love herself as much as her audience does, and with tracks as banging as all-too-apt set closer Call The Police – an old school 90’s style hip-hop track about a shut-down party – then it’s going to become increasingly difficult to keep her from being heard, lockdown or no.

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