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Review: Rollo – ‘Dark Days : Luminous Nights’

by admin August 26, 2020

Review: Rollo – ‘Dark Days : Luminous Nights’

An enigmatic rap talent who was born and raised in New York, Rollo moved to Florida in his late teens, setting himself on a dedicated path towards rap music. At twenty-two years of age he began rapping, making his debut just this years with the release of ‘Cams’, a hard hitting single that is still burning on Spotify. As part of the Instagram exclusive entertainment group, ‘Crenny Boys’, Rollo has seemingly gone from strength to strength, culminating in the recent release of his debut album, ‘Dark Days : Luminous Nights’.

A seven-track affair, the album is a lavish showcase of Rollo’s sound, capturing his strengths and weaknesses with clarity and precision. From the opening bars of ‘Mine Only’, you can tell that Rollo has set himself at the forefront of rap, pushing the boundaries with more melodic tones, intricate beats, and more self-aware lyrics. His work flows between odes to early rap icons and more innovative, RnB infused mixes, combining his chosen elements of both styles to create his own unique sound.

‘Mine Only’ evolves as it plays, bringing in more ambient textures and flickering waves of static, instilling a more evocative and tactile sense as it completes its four-minute run time, while following track ‘50’ ushers in a more lavish, cinematic sounds with orchestrated tones and a more aggressive vocal style. Third cut ‘Nameless’ shakes things up again with a more vibrant sense of percussion and an energised flow that cuts through the ambient drawl of the previous songs, and ‘F.I.U.’ is an unapologetic and dive into more traditional RnB territory.

It's closing track ‘Down Bad’ that really sets the album alive, bringing in calling brass and slow-burning instrumentals to flow behind Rollo’s passionate rap verse. It’s rap with a touch of heart and noir, and while it might be the shortest track on the release, it’s one of the most impactful, sweeping the slate clean and fading out so that ‘Venting’ can close the album in style.

A debut of real power and passion, ‘Dark Days : Luminous Nights’ captures Rollo’s world and influences perfectly, bringing them to light in a series of captivating rap epics that are as diverse as they are authentic.

The album is available now Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, and more.

Score: 8.5/10

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