As lovers of music, musical development and growth are key things we look for when listening to new projects from our favourite artists. In Ireland, there has been an undeniable shift in the music industry. The Urban scene is now being recognised on a national level, and spreading ever so steadily to the UK. This has encouraged artists to put their all into their projects, as more eyes are on the scene. With this, the race to be the face of the scene is definitely on.
Dearfach Records artist, Evans Junior is shaping up as a serious contender for that position. He has continuously proved himself as a man without limits. He has no issue switching up genres and this was showcased effortlessly on his latest project, "Organised Mess".
It was a two-part project. Both have since been released on all streaming platforms, and listener reception has been extraordinary. There was high anticipation for the project, due to Evans' ability to out-do himself with each release. In 2017 he gifted us with "4you!". A 7-song project with memorable singles such as,' ‘Take You Right There” featuring Andre and “Don’t Panic”. The project definitely gave glimpses of the greatness to come from Evans, part of which we saw in "Organised Mess".
"Organised Mess" is a 17 track project. Starting with the intro, we are placed in the passenger seat, as Evans takes us through the beautiful chaos. We learn of his desire to be great, dreams of giving his mum the finer things in life on "Intro". "Hold You Down" is an ode to his Mrs, reassuring her that he will always be by her side. "Bang" shows his braggadocious side that comes out every now and then. These are a few examples where his versatility shines through.
The theme of this project allowed Evans to expose many layers to him that we normally wouldn't see. He used it as an opportunity for us to get to know what's on his mind. If you didn't know anything about him before listening, you definitely will after.
The project, on its own, makes a statement. However, the features take it to the next level. Irish rap phenom, Sam Ojo, makes a memorable appearance on "Borderline". Internationally-known Afrobeat singer and songwriter, Teniola Apata (Stage name "Teni"), graces us with her tasteful vocals on "Bust Brain". The album features other talented Irish artists such as Txmmy Rose, Chuks, and Reggie, just to name a few.
Sonically, it is quite contrasting from song to song, yet all the same pleasing. Sounds of RnB trap vibes, Afrobeat rhythms, Gospel influences and pop have been surgically woven into the project. Each of them, recruiting a different side of Evans.
"Organised Mess" is undoubtedly a statement to the Irish Hip Hop scene that, Evans deserves a seat at the table. With his track record of improving on every project, his next project is sure to be something to talk about, just as "Organised Mess" is.
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Evans is holding his first headline show this October, and will be supported by other Trust It Entertainment artists. It is going to be a remarkable night for Irish Hip Hop.
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