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Review: 'Ree-Vo'
'All Welcome On Planet Ree-Vo'   

-  Label: 'Dell'orso Records/SRD/Bandcamp'
-  Genre: 'Hip-Hop' -  Release Date: '29.7.22.'

Our Rating:
All Welcome On Planet Ree-Vo is the debut album by Bristol based Hip-hop band Ree-vo who are based around the talents of producer Andy Spaceland and rapper T.Relly who recorded this album at Christchurch Studios in Bristol.

This album opens with We Go that is nursery rhyme squelchy hip hop with a rap about feeding everyone and making the world better with some interesting drops in the music.

Boom is a very Dub Pistols kind of take on the current Nuclear war scares, also the worries that come when your girlfriend starts to talk about moving in, or getting serious, that mutates into questions about hate crimes, over languid beats this feels like it could be used to get a crowd bouncing along with it.

Groove With It takes a big band sample to rap over and take us places a film soundtrack might no go, as they talk about the issues people renting houses and flats suffer, as we try to work out where the vocal sample comes from, before Ree-Vo's main men take over once more, this song has a strange eerie menace to it.

The albums main single Spacebox is next and sounds like a party choon with some super speedy raps and a super hard motoric beat as he tries to undress whoever steps into the Spacebox so they are dancing naked, they want dem gal to treat them right as they leer at them and undress dem they want those gals dancing naked in the dancehall of Spacebox.

Combat is full of fighting talk and attitude like they've put there handbags down and are actually ready for some real combat, in places they seem to be mining similar territory to Bob Vylan.

Nu is not using the word in the Yiddish sense I grew up with, it's certainly not Nu metal, this is more Nu drum & Bass rap ting, taught threatening and if you listen a few times the lyrics become more enlightening as the rap is encased in the beats and swirling keyboards.

End Of The World is full of existential dread for the state of things and how you find your place in the post-pandemic world and how you get someone you want to notice you as the DJ scratches away and rewinds the decks every once in awhile as they ask you all to show some love.

The album closes with Strange Noise that has a repeating sample of the word love before the rapping takes over on top of more squelchy beats and strange noises that may come from Bollywood films.

I'm afraid I didn't have time to also review the bonus ep of remixes that's also available, find out about the album and bonus ep here.

https://lnk.to/Ree-VoEDDA52 https://ree-vo1.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/planetreevo

  author: simonovitch

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