Peckham’s Stories With Rago Foot’s ‘We Need To Talk’

London rapper and producer Rago Foot has been hustling through the days and weeks of the recent years. From his shows with Peckham’s Balamii Radio to his consistent affiliation with musicians Pinty, Jadasea, and King Krule, his hands continue to traverse the many outlets of creativity.

As with his previous album, Another Man on a Zig Zag Mission, the transparency in this project is met with eerie and murky production.

Another Man on a Zig Zag Mission was released on New Year’s Eve, where the snow piled up on the parking lots and the heaviness of the cloudy skies matched its macabre and ambient tone. We Need To Talk is a different spirit in itself. It was released without a hint of any exposure until its release. As a result, the tracks here delve deep into the focal point of strife and reality.

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Image from ragofoot.bandcamp.com

Rago focuses on the abstract nature of production. The sounds here are not for the common ear. Starting off the project is the minute long track Find Good. It contains bass lines that are pitched with humidity, with scraps of dialogue fighting through the scattered sound.

Here, Rago pronounces the experiences he’s endured, which in turn, helped him develop the resilience he’s built.

“If you’re not from where I reside. I’ve seen the place where evil hides. But still, I try to see the good in everyone…” 

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Image from ragofoot.bandcamp.com

This transitions to the somber track No Turning Back. For a minute, Rago pontificates on the notion of moving on and shifting your perspective over the heavy and nocturnal production. The beat reverberates at a moderate pace, creating a disorienting effect. A vivid piece made to instill a sense of anguish and hope for the listener.

“My only cure is a double-edged sword, full effect when I’m alone.”

Many of these tracks will range for just over a minute, as a few others which contain other lyricists will typically range from one-and-a-half to five minutes. There is much dialogue to be heard from these rappers that bounce off the despondent emotions that Rago’s production creates.

The first half of the track A Visitor features poetic prose from French rapper and producer Aby Fulani. With a dialect resembling that of Keorapetse Kgositsile, his odd word choice entrances you into deep focus, as high-pitched chords continue to ring in the background.

We Need To Talk is as disheartening as it is moving. It’s worth the listen for those looking for a wondrous project made by one of Peckham’s recent talented creative.

 

 

 

 

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