In the current age we inhabit, the lines have become blurred as far as artistry is concerned. Very often being ‘one thing’ isn’t the route chosen anymore and whilst being multi faceted isn’t a new concept by any stretch of the imagination, in today’s landscape you art is defined as much by your brand and image as where your skills might excel the most.
Life of Remedy is a fine example of being multi talented, Initially known in an entirely different field before transitioning into music he has built a strong following on all fronts and he attempts to capitalise on this with his latest release ‘Spaceman’.
Released in early March, the album is essentially a story that explores LOR’s feelings and thoughts about love, life and himself. It’s a brave attempt conceptually and it manages to hit in places, however it’s not without a few misteps.
The project was preceded with a string of singles and accompanying visuals as well as a high profile launch party and from the off its clear Remedy is determined to put down a marker.
The album kicks off with the title track and we find him introducing us to his current state of mind over a thumping bass line. Remedy’s opening flow sounds hungry and measured as the MK native takes us on a journey inside his head with tales of woman and weed.
Everything feels like it’s spinning / I don’t know if I like it different to predicaments I’ve been in /Feeling guilty like I’m sinning/Tripping /Same time feel like I’m winning/chillin with this Brazilian/she’s billin Star dog / I don’t care if that’s still in/ drink need fillin/drink it straight away no time for spilling/
The flow and the manner in which he skips over the beat with the rhyming words is impressive to say the least. The auto tuned chorus works well with the overall tone of the song and a great guest appearance from RVPH opens proceedings well.
Next up is the catchy Guest which was released as a single back in October and has been making waves locally for the last few months. It’s not surprising as it’s infectious as hell with all the ingredients of a hit record whilst continuing the theme of the album.
It has to be said the concept angle does work. If you listen from start to finish it’s clearly telling the story of a romance between two people and the bold project covers all the aspects of a relationship. Initial meeting (Guest), Issues from the outset (Discretion) Break up (Deeper) are all discussed (I won’t spoil it by revealing it all) and suffice to say it’s definitely relatable on some level to most of us who’ve experienced similar in our own lives.
Sonically the album isn’t bad on the ears, it’s what you’d expect from today’s soundscape, lots of lo fi baselines, heavy synths and sprinklings of 808’s accompanied by a fair share of auto tuned vocals which won’t be to everybody’s taste.
Excluding the Spaceman Intro (The best beat on the project for me) the other 7 tracks are handled by 6 producers yet its difficult to differentiate one from the other. Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily, certainly from a cohesive point of view it works but at the same time its doesn’t always get the pulse racing. That’s not to say there isn’t some heat, as I mentioned earlier Guest has a genuine hit record feel to it and the same can be be said for Rain.
In a recent radio interview on In2Beats with KC, Remedy stated that he’d recorded in the region of a 100 songs before whittling it down to the 8 that appear on Spaceman. I can’t help wondered what could have been include in place of interpolating the classic Fugees track Ready or Not? I am perhaps seeing it from the point of view of an “Old head”, but audiences can surprise you, and covering a bonafide popular music classic could be viewed as high risk…. But that’s the thing with music, it’s subjective, and for me I feel some things are best left alone
Fortunately the rest of the project is solid enough to allow for a fumble and overall Spaceman is conceptually innovative and a good listen for casual observers and fans alike. The guests are purposeful, and in the particular case of RVPH show stealing, on the excellent final track ‘Moon’; and whilst the production can be a bit bland in place, Remedy’s rhymes are on point and carry the album well.
Spaceman definitely has the quality to push Life of Remedy and his impresssive brand further into orbit, and but for the odd misstep, it could have been “Out Of This World”
#TST Rating – 3.9/5
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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 16th April 2020
*These reviews are my SUBJECTIVE opinion. They are not influenced by the artists or producers in anyway and simply how I feel about the body of work.