Jon Phonics - Half Past (3 stars)

Jon Phonics - Half Past

(Illsmith Productions)


UK hip hop is hard work, but Jon Phonics looks like an exception to the rule. Half Past, his debut album, plays host to UK vocal talent. What’s interesting is that his approach to production seems to have got the best out of MCs who previously came up way short. The beats are dynamic, soulful and refreshingly grainy with the album riding on deep jazz influences and old school sampling. He comes up trumps on cuts such as ‘Remember’, ‘More Forward’ and ‘In The Ends’. The fact that this is a free download is a statement in itself, This is a British producer you should give a little time to.


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