TRACK REVIEW: Eyeconic – Praying Mantis | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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It’s one of hip-hop’s oldest tropes; rapper hares out of the traps with an orgy of braggadocio, only for personal reality checks to send them and their music crashing back to the realms of mere mortals. For Polish-born, Teesside-based Eyeconic, however, this familiar process has unfolded in reverse.

Whereas last year’s full-length Do Not Resuscitate proved an unusually pensive debut, Praying Mantis asserts its territory with blaring bass and baying punchlines; the result of a lockdown spent escaping the “dark pit” which hung over past works. Likening his prowess to “Lewandowski when he’s shooting with his right foot / Tyron with his right hook / Edgar Allan Flow but I don’t write books,” it makes for a refreshing narrative flip.

Released: 12.03.21



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