|Chronic Redeye - Seein' Red CD
They have good intentions and one of their main objectives is to help out others in their local area who want to record material. They are accomplishing this via their developing studio and the open door policy they have there. The main equipment they are using at the present time consists of Cubase, assorted plugins and a Sure SM58 microphone. they are working hard to expand on this and are focussing much of their efforts on the youth where they aim to promote positive social change through making music as a way of expressing themselves.
When we asked Dan Kelly about the meaning behind his name this is what he had o say, 'Redeye is not just the state of my face after burning herb! It is also a reference to seeing red; as in being angered by the amount of corruption and partiality that I see around me, and the anguish of being born into a society where the elite benefit from other people's suffering globally. Things are running on red and we have come to speak out!'.
We pressed him further about his influences and it transpired that obviously Roots Reggae from Bob Marley to Dennis Brown were important, but like so many other acts influences cited include greats like Public Enemy, ATCQ and Gangstarr through to some of the UK's finest including Jehst, Task Force and Terra Firma. Also a big influence was the sound of early UK Hardcore, breakbeat and Jungle so much so that they frequently do twisted sped up remixes of their work. Despite these usual references that are open minded enough to listen to other diverse artists including Tracy Chapman and Ben Harper to name but two.
Seeing Red opens the EP and immediately Redeye is unmistakeable. With this the group live up to their aim of making tracks with substance raising issues to make the listener think about things a little deeper. The production is a bit metronomic and the chorus is a bit weak, but I did enjoy checking this out.
Caught In The Hype is a much more distorted affair. The backing music is almost overpowering with the repetitive and throbbing bass. There is a Bob James (Run DMC) sample which sounds kind of out of place as does the clear chimes which to me sound like they are from a different track especially when the distorted vocal effect of the main lyrics is taken into account. Throughout there are noticeable samples such as NWA and others which are woven into the composition. This is an example of the duo trying to push boundaries and they are not sticking to any formulas here.
Not wanting to be pigeon holed to any one particular sound Deception opens with a big echo effect which gives way to Chronic Redeye dropping in a semi ragga flow. As the track continues the beat builds on element at the time. There is a whole load of influences in this track as at first I thought it was going to end up with a Reggae vibe, but as it evolved it became increasingly dance oriented a vibe denoted but the drum pattern and the semi acid bass line.
Overall I'd have to say that Chronic Redeye is a deep lyricist and touches on many of the political issues, I just with other rappers would be as conscious and thoughtful with their words as well. This is especially important in today's society where so many people just go with what's fed to them and don't bother checking out what is really going on and making their own minds up. Heavens forbid if people started actually acting against the worlds wrongs, but simply listening to this and ingesting what is said would be a good start. At the moment I would say that the content of Redeye's rhymes overweighs his delivery in part, but he doesn't get breathless and it is only a touch of missing presence missing which should develop over time.
Overall this is good sampler CD that gives you a good impression of where the group are at. Chronic Redeye are stepping up the pressure with more sampler CDs and will be performing their showcase at various events and dance nights. Chronic Redeye are worthy of your attention.
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