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Ruff beats with a heavy message

Volume 1 Compilation

Representing the exciting groundswell of underground gospel-sourced music being written, and performed around the mid lands of England – in churches, concert venues, clubs, streets and parks.’

Volume I compilation ‘Rough Beats With A Heavy Message’ aims to bring attention to some of the quality Urban acts involved in outreaching, creating music and appearing in this diverse yet united underground scene in the centre of the UK, Artists who’s character and work we know and respect!

Deep from the heart of the English Midlands are the Central Streets of Soul, a label specializing in underground gospel-driven urban music. On Volume 1 of their 12-track compilation, nicknamed ‘Ruff Beats With a Heavy Message,’ a talented collective of British rhymeslayers come forward to deliver Christian ideals through the art of hip-hop. Highlights including “My King” by Spanna, “Find Me” by Dublit and “I Gave Up” with Butcha. Aside from some stellar rap records, there are a few R&B delights like “Laid It Down” by The Projects and “Talk 2 Me” by Clearrose. Not only will the Central Streets of Soul restore faith in God, but also restore faith in hip-hop.

Reviewed by David Ashley – Cross Rhythms UK

CSOS is a pleasant surprise, offering a wide range of artists from the Midlands urban gospel scene including Dublit, Solar Angelics, Owen Uriah, Spanna and DJ Zorro. Whether deliberate or not the compilation hits pretty much every sub division of UK urban sounds. There’s the more hard-hitting hip-hop – “Galatians 2:20” from TrebleZ is old style reggae; “Were You There?” by Owen Uriah is raga and the more R&B, soulful side is represented by “Laid It Down” performed by The Projects. Overall the beats are catchy, cleverly thought out, and the standard of lyrics is generally very high – both intelligent and innovative. It is genuinely a pleasure when UK artists, against the odds and on a fraction of the budget the American scene works with urban gospel of such quality like this. There are certainly many artists here worth keeping an eye on.

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