UPROAR 002: Worlds End FM & INA CRUELER

UPROAR 002: Worlds End FM & INA CRUELER

Welcome to the UPROAR 002, a dynamic space where music meets movement. In a world brimming with diverse voices and stories, music has long been the most powerful platform for addressing issues both within ourselves and in the world around us. Through this series, we aim to dissect and celebrate music that drives conversations, challenges standards, and pushes for progress through introspective lyricism, or simply through the nature of its inception.

 

In this month's edition of UPROAR, hailing from London's Isle of Dogs and born of Jamaican and Grenadian roots: singer, rapper and guitarist Hak Baker takes the spotlight with his newest work Worlds End FM. The album seeks to encapsulate the profound urban life and culture experienced during his upbringing in the Isle of Dogs; a modern culture that thrives on identity and heritage, resistance and defiance, and community and connection.

Baker puts out a masterful blend of punk rock, reggae and grime with clear influences from British heritage: The Clash and even more so Mike Skinner's The Streets, the latter having also recently released their first album in over a decade of which is also featured in the playlist.

The thick London dialect isn't masked but rather accentuated in hard-hitting, fast-paced joints like opener 'Doolally' and 'Telephones 4 Eyes', which can't help but muster a spirit and passion in the listener. Harsh but masterfully flowing vocals are complimented by layer upon layer of raw instrumentation. Baker captures the upbeat and busy Londoner livelihood with tracks that if you lose focus, leave you behind quicker than the city would. The working class' frustration and discontent for both the authorities and the technologies that are ruining real connection are captured not just through Baker's tone but in the lyrics themselves, not holding back with opening lines like:

"Can't you see we've had enough? / Can't you see you've had a touch? / Little fuckin' prick cunts / Can't you see we've had enough? / Can't you see you're out of touch? / We don't fuckin' want you?"

Meanwhile, Baker's tone is flipped absolutely for more reggae-centric cuts like 'Windrush Baby', which although thematically and sonically is still on the darker side, swaps out the anger and frustration for intoxicating and deceptively relaxed instrumentation and vocals. This song focuses on the seemingly never-ending struggles that come alongside the immigration and hence integration into modern British Society.

"Catastrophic year / Stuck in a backwards gear / And I need a little ounce of life, yeah"

Different generational perspectives from Baker and his family are presented throughout the song, and in the end, despite the prevailing negativity, the call for the resilience and reclamation of community that has been kept alive throughout all the hardships Baker's ancestors have been through is the underlying message in the song.

Moving onto INA CRUELER, the debut project from Bricknasty, hailing from Ballymun, Dublin. This project is especially hard to pin a single genre on, however if one were to try it would be a blend of R&B/Soul, Jazz and once again, Punk Rock. The opening track jumps into what almost sounds like a investigation room tape recording of an unknown Ballymun resident describing how they determine that their community: Ballymun, was the victim of ghettoization from Ireland's government. The project uses this as more of a context for it's tracks, which tackle issues on a personal level, rather than offering more insight into wider issues in the European political landscape. The latter end of the opening track: Ballymun, contrasts the raw vocals and disturbing revelations with beautiful orchestral harmonies, which sets the sonic tone nicely for the next track: Guilt2001.

Joined by soul aficionados Tomike and Chi-chi, Guilt2001, as suggested by it's title, tackles themes of self-reflection, guilt and isolation; products of emotional turmoil that one often goes through at some point in their lives but that is only further accentuated by a harsher upbringing in a deprived area. A false sense of security is created through the juxtaposition between crisp, angelic vocals and instrumentation over such depressing themes.

"Gotta stop running / I don't wanna be alone / Feel the guilt coming / I don't wanna be alone"

In 'ducks ina row', a fitting title to contrast a song that is so chaotic and disorganised, Bricknasty tackle the constant mental battle that is self-assurance, and the distrust in oneself and those around them that it seeks to deny. These issues are seemingly framed within the challenges of holding together a relationship and trusting another so much when one can't trust themselves. Playful and flamboyant abstracted imagery is used throughout the album but especially in this song:

"Emotions is a fucker if you fuck with it / Two inch thick and greasy, easy / Ain't no normal bitch can please me / Head is way big now big now / Heading for the big cloud big cloud"

On this month's playlist, Bricknasty are joined by another Dublin visionary Kojaque. Also featuring new tracks from The Streets, SANITY, Deema, Ebi Soda, Benny Mails, Nokia Mansion, 2nd Exit, Murkage Dave, Jesse James Solomon, and The Silhoettes Project.

For those who simply aren't a fan of the genres showcased in UPROAR 002, you can look forward to changes in the theme of the playlist week-by-week, as well as some special editions which delve into history. All of your input and support is forever appreciated, and you can let us know via Instagram comments or messaging what you think, or what you'd like to see in the upcoming instalments @AnswersUK.

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