Initially released in the later half of 2017 through Win big, Richmond (North Yorkshire) based alternative Hip-hop band Ceiling Demons have teamed up with Butterfly Effect to bring it to glorious splattered vinyl. Led by Psy Ceiling and Dan Demon they tackle and aim to raise awareness of depression, anxiety and suicide through their music, the result is emotionally raw and boundless.
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Ceiling Demons are to my knowledge the only hip-hop troupe to come out of Richmond, North Yorkshire. Their rhymes are less about at which delicatessen to get the finest olives and the geranium display on the castle walls but male mental health what it's like to grow up in rural England. William Hague is fan (we think).
'Nil' sounds at times like Young Fathers who grew up going to bring and buy sales. Look, they aren't as innovative and vital as that group - I mean who is? But if I'm giving you a ballpark place to start then it's there. The album begins with a long bleak acoustic piece which sounds nothing like anything else on the LP but is a stark and moving way to start the record. The Ceiling Demons sound is made up of the usual boom/bap plus nice near orchestral loops that sit as a bedrock for their rhymes. 'March Forward' is like a Yorkshire the Streets spewing dark lyrics over the Hovis music.
It just does enough to avoid sounding like hip-hop night down at the church crypt. Ceiling Demons break through because of their honesty and raw emotion and a knack with catchy loops and orchestral samples. The highlights ('The Dark Mountain' in particular is a dramatic slice of rain lashed dales-hop) shows the way forward for the band. They may not be quite the real deal right now but they are a unique proposition and in a world of homogenised music it's a strong place to be.
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