Joshua Luke Smith is a poet, rapper and producer who says that he creates from the mandate to ‘Speak Into The Chaos’, drawing on his unique perspective on the world to tell honest stories and speak authentic truth in his music. This ethos is well on show with his new mixtape entitled ‘Beats And Pieces, Vol. Two’ which he created in under a month in reaction to what was going on in his personal life. As with all touring artists at this time, Joshua chose to delay the launch of his new album and UK tour for later this year, instead opting to drop this mixtape and lead single, pretty much on a whim.
After 2 weeks that saw his wife and father admitted to hospital and then the Covid-19 crisis hit the world, Joshua found himself taking to the pen in order to try and compute what was going on around him, writing the tracks in hospital waiting rooms and recording the mixtape in under a month at home. The resulting project is a cathartic and celebratory collection of songs which muse on his current mindset, calling to all on humanity to sit back and take in just how lucky we are.
Taken from said EP is lead track ‘Meaningless’, a chilled one, reminiscent of classic 90s hip hop with soul and jazz influences, which encapsulates the message behind the project, as Josh takes stock of the fragility of life and celebrating it in all its mystery, absurdity and beauty. Speaking on the track and mixtape Joshua explains further:
“The songs were penned during an intensive four-day stint in the hospital where my wife was undergoing unexpected surgery at 28 weeks pregnant. My dad was having surgery to remove cancer and the Covid-19 crisis consumed the news. Rejecting the choice to retreat into the questions of ‘why’ I leant into the ancient wisdom of spiritual writers, echoing the chorus ‘what a gift it is to live at all’. This project is both for the existential crisis and the moments of awe-struck wonder because sometimes, in the midst of both calamity and clarity the only fitting words are ‘Thank you’.”
With such a strong offering, we’re certainly going to be keeping tabs on when the album may surface in the future.