SINGLE REVIEW: Know Yourself by Illuminative

Australian rapper, singer-songwriter, and producer Iluminative has just released Know Yourself, the third single from his highly acclaimed breakthrough album Kundalini Rising. This powerful new track follows the success of his last two singles Kundalini Rising and Sacred Temple, both of which attracted nationwide airplay, coveted media exposure, and impressive streaming numbers. Know Yourself retains all the intensity and soul-searching wonder of Iluminative’s multi-layered approach yet introduces a new element; a startlingly fresh summation of an ethos that connects persuasive hip-hop artistry to a deep-seated sensitivity to one’s spiritual nature. As Iluminative tells us, ‘Time to align with the divine / time for a hearing to find your soul and spirit.’ Once more Iluminative’s piercing observations unite the metaphysical with the very real, utilising a mellow underpinning of classic streetwise swagger with evocative vocal textures, inventive rhymes, and mood-inducing acoustic guitar. Where

Kundalini Rising and Sacred Temple used a strident rap-rock base to colour Iluminative’s full- tilt narrative, Know Yourself harnesses a more chilled soundscape. Along with the assuaging acoustic guitar, there are emotive strings, vocal swells and a series of hypnotic rhythmic patterns that introduce the firm hip-hip groove that solidifies the track. The lyrics are a combination of vivid encapsulations and quick-cut affirmations that despite their earnest tones never seem didactic; they are performed with relentless enthusiasm, one that feels uncontrovertibly authentic. Iluminative is essentially arguing for self-help as a means of self-discovery whose ultimate aim it seems is to strive, ‘to learn how to fly to the other side’. Like many of Iluminative’s previous songs, it’s filled with positivity, no doubt a characteristic that will strike a chord with many. Know Yourself combines an array of seemingly disparate elements to create a style which is undoubtedly the sole preserve of this captivating music artist. The new single is part of Iluminative’s artistic odyssey and an alluring, edifying additional to homegrown rap.

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