Affinity Drive – ‘The Decalogue’ [Album Review]

The Decalogue is the debut album from Vancouver, Canada-based rebellion different self-taught rapper  Affinity Drive who blends up to date musical components with insightful and inspirational messages in his rap. With a spiritual background, he doesn’t draw back from sharing his beliefs along with his listeners and all through 20 tracks he does simply that.


Because the title suggests, it’s a reference to the Ten Commandments and all through the mission, Affinity Drive displays on totally different facets of life and its correlation to God and the commandments. The opening “The Thesis” is a guitar-driven sombre observe that dives into the idea of evangelism and having religion throughout troublesome occasions whereas he provides us a glimpse into the darkness of temptation on “Perhaps I’ll Catch Fireplace/The Prayer” with traces like  All I needed from the day was to select aside the items/Put em collectively my manner until the beat of the center ceases”. That is adopted by the eclectic pop-guitar stylings of “Actual Names Be Proof” and the melancholic “Raindrops in a Hurricane”. The previous is a showcase of his deep lyricism and use of reflective, bravado and classy rhyme schemes whereas the latter is a crash course into self-discovery and discovering one’s true potential.


It’s protected to say Affinity Drive is a real grasp of his type and on each observe, he carries an off-beat refreshing candour along with his unbridled move and layered lyricism. That is displayed in “Bonafide Celebration Track”, a weirdly titled observe the place he flexes his verbal biceps over a sparse club-styled manufacturing. He employs a choral vocal pattern and melancholic soundscape on “It Was Written” and peppers it with a stream-of-consciousness move riddled with traces like “Maintain be aware, these angels have damaged wings/That’s simply one of many so many unstated issues/The beast is in your midst with slits on his wrist/Bleeds religion until it don’t exist , now kiss his fists”. It feels a bit surreal when he jumps from relatable themes to his obscure rhymes, which is one thing he does loads. That is adopted by “Good Morning, Vancouver”, a solemn and reflective observe that reveals him paying tribute to his metropolis of Vancouver. He sounds calmer and measured on this tune and the general feeling of nostalgia makes it fairly alluring too.


“yearnings of the Wind” and “Realities Although Not Beheld” are two units of tracks that present how totally different he will be. The previous’s manufacturing sounds unfinished and a bit serviceable however the heartfelt lyrics “The oratory vines have connected to my backbone, once I’m nice, I discover I’m trapped in time/I simply need to be man off the platform/ Is that an excessive amount of to ask for?” give listeners a glimpse into a person attempting to be higher and its relatability certain ramps up the emotional depth. On “Realities although not beheld”, the manufacturing is well-crafted and sounds polished however Affinity Drive’s move is off-centre at occasions and will get a bit rushed. Subsequent up is “The Keys of the Kingdom”, an insightful piece that compares mankind’s folly with the heavenly presents that may very well be bestowed on us if we do the best issues. The mission closes out with “Rowan”, a heartfelt open letter to his brother and mom and the strained relationship between them and “The Weight of the World”, an atmospheric and melancholic observe that explores melancholy and lack of religion. Strains like “Some days its a combat, I  can’t cope, Life’s a foul joke and Jehovah can’t hear me/Till his fingers steer me/So one can attempt to blame this sociopathic father who snorts white traces” are fairly vivid and particulars the interior turmoil he’s going by.


General, The Decalogue is a dense and layered mission that fuses spiritual themes, and bravado off-kilter stream-of-consciousness raps right into a potpourri of emotion-filled tracks. The manufacturing varies and to be trustworthy, not so constant at occasions however for essentially the most half, will get issues achieved. There are a lot of relatable themes from dysfunctional household points, melancholy, self-love, dwindling religion and insightful soul-searching, that listeners can faucet into and on the finish of the day, the mission is an acquired style because it strays from the norm.


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