SINGLE REVIEW: Sacred Temple by Iluminative

High-profile Australian rapper, singer-songwriter, and producer Iluminative has just released Sacred Temple the second single from his outstanding album, Kundalini Rising. That album is proving to be a significant release for the Byron Bay based music artist in more ways than one; it’s a wonderfully, cohesive creative achievement as well as establishing a high point for a unique music artist who has been honing his craft for over ten years. Four albums and eight mixtapes later, this multi-faceted artist has coalesced a brilliant series of creative peaks into a uniformed, ultra-satisfying range of new material. Sacred Temple shares some of the same thematic concerns as the previous single Kundalini Rising, with spirituality once again at the fore but the new track takes a slightly different musical route, maintaining the same level of power but bending it a little to include a diverse and rich palette of musical tones and colours. Beginning with a cinematic blend of strings and percussive hits the song takes off when a coercive hip-hop groove lays the foundation for Iluminative’s persuasive, determined vocal and this hard-hitting foray, as the first lines reveal: Body is a temple included in the trinity / includes the true ministry / the true you is spirit, spirit truly is infinity. The unrelenting yet pertinent verses give way to a chorus replete with a strong melodic hook and an invigorating aesthetic, one that harnesses backing vocals and a hypnotic assemblage of supporting sounds. The rolling nature of the track relates adroitly with the nature of the subject matter, as though the ‘oneness’ referred to in the lyric is reflected in the inclusive characteristic of the instrumentation and Iluminative’s tonal depth and energy. With a startling sense of eloquent intensity Iluminative probes the netherworld of the heart and soul to arrive at his typically incisive, universal observations:  take care of your emotions and thoughts / clear your mind with no motion of sorts / purify your mind and how you feel / purity is divine, wow it is real. Iluminative’s new track ruminates on self-belief and hope with masterly urbane precision, proving once more that he is an artist on the verge of global renown.

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