Akira The Don

Akira The Don - Akira The Don's first EP (something in construction) - EP Review

Akira The Don
Akira The Don's first EP
(something in construction)

The slow, whining and mind mauling intro before the terse and angry rap like vocals of Anglesey's Adam Alphabet (as he likes to be called), slowly but surely wake the mind up for the hard hitting nature of what is to follow. The eerie and angry opener 'John The Baptist (feat H Jones)' that is cushioned by the funky and soulful feminine touch of a backing vocalist; sees Adam helping people who are perplexed as to the aims and sound of this outfit;

Akira The Don - Akira The Don's first EP (something in construction) - EP Review

"Now all I wanna be is the rap Morrissey".

With this four track foray into life for the downtrodden, Akira The Don bring to mind the streetwise toughness of Snoop Doggy Dog and early days NWA, mixed with the insight of The Streets and SkinnyMan with the coup de grace being that indie pop ambience that seeps through.

Deftness and frivolity appear in abundance in the anthemic 'Akira The Don's Drinking Song', whereby indulgence in intoxicants is emphatically denunciated and the message decorated by a football chant style chorus. Those seeking depth will greet 'One Bullet' like a long lost friend; authoritatively starting off with a condemnation of modern society and the hypocrites that dwell within it. This track is sandwiched by a captivating back and forth about the history of insurrection, with the vocals starting off like those of the weedhead in The Streets number 'The Irony Of It All' before building up to the anger of the alcoholic in the same track. This brief exclusive into the mindset of the menacing and masterful Akira The Don sets a bold blueprint for things to come; so watch out.

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David Adair