Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this morning’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on Charles Luck, an independent hip hop artist and the songwriter for the large, eclectic collective called Black Astronaut. Earlier this year, I delved deep into their debut album, ‘Life On Mars.’ It was an exceptionally written, excellently produced jaunt through indie hip hop at its finest. Now, Charles Luck is back with a new single, 'Lift Off,' featuring Tino Red, another Black Astronaut artist.
Right off the bat, ‘Lift Off’ exudes the same production quality of ‘Life On Mars.’ Everything is very well mixed and mastered, and the beat is splendidly original. Every week, I get a dozen hip hop acts across my desk with lackluster, uncreative beats. Thus, I truly can’t stress the wonderful importance of quality, original production the likes of what Charles Luck and Black Astronaut are releasing.
Lyrically, ‘Lift Off’ continues the thematic nature of its predecessor. It has lots of space imagery, lots of ethereal, star-related lyrical content, and so on and so forth. It presents itself with incredible gusto, though, and it’s an instantly lovable tune. It’s also a clean track, and it has an uplifting message that’s all too absent in a lot of music today.
“Take the music out of hell, and maybe use it to get well,” Tino Red sings on the track as he walks a fantastic line between soul and hip hop delivery. This time of year, a track like ‘Lift Off’ is particularly special, I’d argue, and it has a beautiful message. I only have one quip: a terrific hip hop track like this doesn’t need a plug for its domain name in the chorus.
‘Lift Off’ is definitely worth going and spinning on SoundCloud right now, and I’ll link it below. Charles Luck and company continue to produce particularly high quality hip hop that’s worth keeping a close eye on.