Kyon & Dyems - Overnight (4 stars)


(Crystal Wish)


Kyon & Dyems are enigmatic Edinburgh-based brothers who, on this quality showing, would put most major label hip hop acts to shame. This debut album, recorded on a budget, is nevertheless brimming with ideas, intelligence and wit, its myriad influences connecting to make a web of emotional and lyrical power.

Their musical backdrop is primarily electronica, but everything from swing and indie to world music and leftfield R&B shows face, the brothers blending poignancy and humour to great effect. This works brilliantly throughout but reaches a pinnacle on epic final track ‘Popular’, which is a musical journey through every possible emotion in its own right.

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