Hawk House came to the attention of ATB last year with their debut EP ‘A Little More Elbow Room’, a three piece from London that repped that 90’s hip-hop flavour mixed with soul styles. ‘A Little More Elbow Room’ gripped us from the off, laid back beats, deep lyrical flow and harmonies that stop you in your tracks.
Expectations were high and thankfully the follow up ‘A Handshake To The Brain’ has met them.
In a Tribe Called Quest, ‘Midnight Marauders’ way we are taken on a journey by a nameless tour-guide through the brain, stopping off at; the weaponised mind, the thought process, consciousness and the nervous system. Whether this nod to Tribe was intentional or not we can see throw backs to Golden Era hip-hop, the beats are raw and the lyrics ask more of you then just to sit back and listen.
The EP opens with ‘My Mind Is A Weapon (Topic 1)’ with a beat that gets your head bopping, however track 2, ‘Grow (Topic 2)’ is where the group really show what they can do. Singer, Demae vocal’s are stunning, tight and jazzy. While rappers and brothers, Sam and Eman flow smoothly, riding the rhythm and drawing you in.
Hawkhouse dropped visuals for ‘Chill Pill (Experiment 2)’ and it is one of the standouts but there are gems throughout the title track has one of our favourite beats on the EP and even the Interludes are interesting and well thought out.
‘A Handshake To The Brain’ is more experimental then the first drop from Hawk House and it is easy to compare them to US groups and the ‘Beast Coast’ movement (a Fugees comparison would be very lazy). What makes Hawk House so compelling is the way they have taken influences from the States and made it distinctly British, this is UK hip-hop at it’s best.
You can cop ‘A Handshake To The Brain’ on Itunes now and it will be the best £3.99 you spend this month.
Engaging & thought provoking in both it's lyricist value & story telling, Hawk House have thus far been seriously slept on, & 'A Handshake To The Brain' is an excellent all round package.