SINGLE REVIEW: Clouded by RATES (Feat. Aliya Dusk)

Continuing to push the frontiers of Australian hip-hop, Sydney based music artist Rates has just released the much-anticipated single Clouded. Produced by Defiant (HZN beats) and engineered by Espa at Safe House Studios, the new track is a career-changing slice of raw emotion and searing honesty for the renowned artist, once again displaying unparalleled observation skills and a deft application of contemporary life. Featuring the mesmerising and hauntingly beautiful vocals of exciting new talent, Aliya Dusk, Clouded rises above the average and into the captivating. Revered for his connection with the listener via his unique narrative and rhyming style, Rates’ riveting musical articulation and spirited performances have fostered a strong and loyal legion of followers. As well as featuring a sure-fire chorus hook that utilises Aliya Dusk’s alluring and evocative vocal, Clouded is littered with emotionally charged imagery, succinct poetic language and Rates’ typically robust observations and wordplay. The track’s power lies not only in the effortless manner in which the hook and Rates’ verses conjoin but perhaps most persuasively in the sharp lines here and there that pack a real punch. For example, in the last verse, with a line that contains a concluding blow, With my head up in the sky, find it like it was beforeAnd the lesson that I’ve learnt is that time is the law. With a long list of sell-out headline shows to his credit, Rates has also appeared on national stages in several festivals and national tours, including Big Day Out, Breath of Life Festival, Heatwave, Tech N9ne, Task Force, and many more. With two massive #1 Australian hip-hop albums under his belt, including Destroy and Rebuild (2013) and Untold (2016) and his tracks Nightmare and Nightmare 2 attracting over 4 million YouTube views collectively, Clouded is sure to usher in the next phase for this remarkable Australian hip-hop powerhouse.

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