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Album reviews
Artist:
Mayraki
Album:
Hors D'oeuvres
Release year:
2016
Label:
Dungus
28 February 2016 / by Tristan Rotilio (author)

 

If there were one word to adequately describe the overall feel of the six-piece Hip Hop Fusion band Mayraki, I think co-frontman, Mohammed “Aloe” Yassin, would have to agree that their sound is undoubtedly: Mayraki. The Greek word “meraki” translates to “the essence of yourself that is put into your work”. Yassin clarifies the name choice, explaining, “I felt it perfectly described us. Our organic approach to music allows all of us to leave our mark in the music we make, and we love doing it. According to the definition, we make our music with meraki.”

The band’s debut EP, Hors D’oeuvres, contains songs with a sound comparable to an early Red Hot Chili Peppers,Beastie Boys, and A Tribe Called Quest. Track after track, you’ll be rocking out to a unique sound each time. When you first hear track number two, “Funktrap”, a sweet mix of hard-hitting funk infused rap, it will be hard to resist the urge to get up and dance. Warning: "Funktrap" should not be listened to in class (unless its dance class). “The Cutting Floor” breaks-it-down with a grooving soulful blues and contemplative lyrics focusing on issues of personal authenticity. With the addition of a Queen-esque reminiscent guitar solo, this track will inexplicably leave you feeling connected to the present moment.

The next moment you will hear, “in it to win it”, an R&B-inspired tune with a driving force and an intoxicating chorus featuring the voice of Sonia Zarei. This track masterfully combines a fun up-beat feel with a strong message of personal perseverance to provide listeners with an addictive sound that will echo in your brain long after its over. Complementary to the band’s expressive melodies, Yassin and co-frontman Ishan "Rubix" Sharma paint their lyrics with themes of positive self-development and self-determination that tie the album together. From intro to outro, this album incorporates a whole range of dynamic sounds designed specifically to stimulate a whole range of emotion.

 

The author

Tristan Rotilio

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