17 August 2015
8.5 / 10
Alternative hip-hop rappers return with a new EP. Louder Than War’s Paul Scott-Bates reviews.
Last year’s Dual Sides album (see review here) was a major success for Yorkshire trio, Ceiling Demons. It served to prove that there is originality and confidence in a UK hip-hop act, and succeeded. Support for the CALM charity and festival appearances alongside the likes of The Charlatans, Billy Bragg and Sugarhill Gang have further endorsed their growing popularity.
The identical twins Psy Ceiling and Dan Demon have now been reunited with Beat Demon to drop a new EP of three songs once more showing that there is light and hope in the UK hip-hop scene.
Opener, Even If borrows a dreamy hook line from Nearly Midnight Honolulu by Neko Case. Beginning with a sliding backwards played intro of Neko’s voice, a slow drumbeat fades in with constant vocal repeats against a looped guitar and occasional synth blips and bleeps. The rap fits superbly with the backing which has become almost a trademark for the Demons, and their choice of music and words once more far belies their age.
Talking to the young men, their knowledge of music past and present is impressive, and their love for their craft is plain to see. They are completely open-minded to all music genres and obviously see it as a means to be influenced from all angles.
Two more new tracks grace the virtual b-side with Feels Like Forever which again moves gracefully and simply through another fantasy tinged adventure. Almost a spacelike journey, there’s a meaty rap just past the mid-way mark and the catchy repeat of the title by guest Swift’89 is incredibly infectious.
Third track, The Quiet features an electronic cavalcade of virtuo violins and a more spoken voice than rap. It’s a short track, with no chorus as such but is superbly intriguing and demands several more listens as it unfolds with an ever increasing arrangement.
Once more, Ceiling Demons come up with the goods.
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