On Friday, May 17th Big Village proudly released the debut EP from Mute X Roleo, a brand new collaboration between the Daily Meds‘ revered producer Roleo and Reverse Polarities front-man Mute MC.
Mute X Roleo as a project began as recently as late 2012, with the two finishing the writing and recordings that would become the 5 track EP within a month. The two artists display a range of eclectic influence on the album; from the experimental No Hope; with its electronic beats and abstract lyricism, to the pop mentalities of Release; featuring intimate lyrics and a beautiful chorus sung by local busker Neho Richard. There are nods to classic hip-hop roots on Ticket and Tropikal and Mute even spits out some light hearted ragga flows on the first single Monkey.
The EP is approached with an experimental and open minded approach, and this is exactly what makes the collaboration so powerful; not to ‘real’ to burst into Jamaican ragga flows, and not to ‘cool’ to tell a real story straight from the heart. Just two heads going with the musical flow. This EP is a testament to the pair’s creativity, drive and musical passion. It’s an exercise in contradictions, and a testament to hip hop music.