A new rap ruler emerges from the victorious mountains of Mullumbimby, Byron Bay in Australia; he goes by the professional stage moniker of Iluminative and this speaks volumes about his artistry- he is all about casting light up the societal and worldly issues through his groundbreaking style of rap that weaves together that rich tapestry of underground rap with some charming rock and pop percussions to create another wholesome sonic sphere that is swiftly endearing itself to global listeners! He is inspired by music groups such as Slipknot and rappers such as Eminem. He is currently on his journey of stamping his legacy with a plethora of consistent releases that keep the audience on high alert about what he is going to produce next!
To date he has released four records namely; “The Awakening” EP, albums; “Kundalini Rising”, “The Spectrum” and just recently his new rap child, “Shapeshifter”. “Shapeshifter” is a 7-track heavyweight that features some impassioned melodies backed by some weighty topics about the universe- the planet, freedom of speech, war, and other deep themes to ensure a listener is immersed in that endless cycle of purposeful meditation!
“Ascend Hell” gives an ode to the garage-like rocky sensation with the way the instruments feel and there is a lot of reminiscence with Eminem’s own work which is intriguing and compelling to any listener. The electronic riffs charge through the background with tremendous chaos and sensibility as Iluminative delivers a high-intense lyrical performance that echoes the cadence of the instruments. The punchy and dutiful drums engage with other instruments impeccably to design a sparkling and monumental rhythm and euphony that is injected right into the bloodstreams of a listener!
“Shapeshifter” the title track is magnificent from head to toe and even gets going deeply from the intro with some blooming and thriving beats that are soon decorated with some enthralling rock-like percussions with the style dripping in rap sense as Iluminative offers his rap masterpieces selflessly and flawlessly. The ceaseless mind-boggling percussion sticks to the mind of a listener and marvelously haunts them even after the track is long gone. There is so much inventiveness in this timeless tune and is exactly what you need to fight off those creeping bluesy feelings!
“No Means No” is robust with some addicting beats right from the intro. Everything fits in so perfectly and the way the electronic guitars engage in a call and response flair with his vocals is simply astonishing. Iluminative slays the rap dragon in his rap sections sandwiched in between the catchy phrases that are repeated awesomely to cement the message on the show. This is an authenticated anthem that a listener wouldn’t mind joining in and vibing to its glamorous affair!
“This is War” echoes the cries of a world on the brink of a WW III and to ensure the message is home; Iluminative wastes no time in making his case heard as he pulls no punches in his lyrical majesty. The backing brash and rock-like vocal drops that repeat the catchy phrases add that fascination and ensure that a listener heavily gravitates towards this tune.
“Natures Raw” is a tune about our planet and how we should do more to protect it not only for ourselves but also for future generations. I can feel it playing 30 minutes after I last heard it- a huge testament to the spark and allure present in the abundantly layered instruments and the way the rap-decorated flows stick with enough power and authority!
For that added contentment, a cherry on top is added with the tracks, “No Means No (Radio Edit)” and “Natures Raw (Radio Edit)”.
Follow the attached link and plunge yourself into this ceaseless ocean brimming with powerful melodies!
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