East London artist Baba Crunch today shares his debut EP VOLTS (Vibes Of Life Through Sound). Laid over 7 cohesive tracks, VOLTS showcases the breadth of Crunch’s versatility as an artist.
Leading with the smooth ‘Too Wong Foo’, the opener sees Crunch move between bold rap verses and a smooth R&B hook with aplomb. Fiery ‘F**k Up The Block’ is next and marks an unapologetic statement from the former Bomb Squad rapper. The nostalgic, laid-back hip-hop stylings of ‘Bone, Drugs -N- Harmonies’ give way to the blissed out atmospherics of ‘Doctors Orders’. Crunch links up with old friend Hak Baker for ‘Lucky Life’, which dissects the complexities of life as a young Black man. Closing out the project is the romantic ‘Half Stepping’, an offering that highlights Crunch as ‘Rap & RnB’s Love Child’.
The project arrives with a video to new single ‘Testimony’ featuring Charlie Mase, a flip of Luniz’s iconic ‘I Got 5 On It’. Filmed in Crunch’s hometown of the Isle of Dogs, the visual delves into the ups and downs of modern relationships – WATCH HERE.
Speaking on the EP, Crunch says –
“Each song on VOLTS has a different vibe but they merge together in unison, whilst my identity still remains. On this EP I made the music based on how I felt in the present, leaving behind the stigmas attached to the industry which tend to box us in. It’s cliche, but music to me is my organic form of expression. I want my music to break social barriers. If I’m making music that’s true to my raw self and I’m able to express my raw emotion I believe this is the only way to be relatable and we can then discover we have a lot more in common than you assume.”
Bursting onto the scene at 14 as a member of the Channel U-favourite Bomb Squad, before forming one half of hip hop duo PBGR (Play Broke Get Rich); Baba Crunch’s versatility as an artist has seen him move through various genres before arriving at his current heady mix of Rap and RnB. Having collaborated with the likes of Kojey Radical and been tipped by Capital Xtra as a One To Watch for 2020, Baba Crunch is proving to be a force to be reckoned with on the scene.