The new EP hologramº by Dylan Joshua is the latest project to be released under his brand and company Alternateº. The conceptual sci-fi record transports listeners into an alternate realm where people are replaced by holograms. The five-track EP by this upcoming Canadian hip-pop artist is a transcendent offering, with Joshua’s relaxed and melodious rap flowing over chill-hop beats, whilst ethereal riffs provide catchy hooks. hologramº explores the topic of mental health within a digitalised world, a theme that is extremely relevant within contemporary society. It’s a genre-bending record, touching on elements of hip-hop, R&B, alt-pop, ambiance and trip-hop.
Speaking of the creation process, Joshua notes: “Living in the modern era has its ups and downs. As connected as you are to people, somehow it’s so much easier to feel completely alone. Loneliness during times of stress or uncertainty can be hard. It felt as if all the people I thought were there for me, weren’t actually there. Making me question a lot of things. At the time this project was created, I was having a personal breakdown. It felt like I wasn’t really present. Nobody I thought I could count on showed up. It’s like my reality was all an illusion. It’s like everything was just a hologram.”