Independent Artist of the Week: Freesouls

May 14th 2018

Photo by Yomi

After starting fresh on more than two years of creative work, Liverpool trio Freesouls are going deeper and darker with their own informed hip hop.

From drugs and politics to local social issues, Freesouls are making modern Australian hip hop that doesn’t shy away from covering the nitty gritty. Embracing their roots in Sydney’s south west, the trio embrace their area and culture – both of which help shape their sound. “Freesouls is not just music, it is a mind state you live in and a way of life, so no matter what we will always continue to progress through this journey of life,” they explain.

After changes to the outfit’s lineup, Jordan, Jamel and Pep decided to keep working on that journey by starting on a bunch of brand new music. The results can be heard on Freesouls’ accomplished Modern Day Slaves EP.

Taking influence from heavyweights including Wu Tang Clan, The Roots, Black Star, Flatbush Zombies and Kendrick Lamar, the trio have produced tracks that run deep with conscious, informed lyrics over well-honed beats. Balancing their ideas of light and dark, the EP presents two clear sides tied together with plenty of bars and free flowing rhymes.

Stemming from the first half of the EP, ‘Voodoo Child’ is the group’s first offering of new, darker tunes. Eerie beats and sinister bass play out under a dialogue between Jordan and Jamel discussing “the state in which we are all living today, a state of modern slavery.”

Take a trip with Freesouls, below.

Modern Day Slaves by Freesouls is available now on Spotify, Apple Music and Soundcloud.

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