25 Apr 2014
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

K.One - Far From Home Album Review

14 Oct 2011 // A review by Dilemma

K.One is the future, firmly on the upward climb to his peak as a solo artist. K.One AKA Kaleb Vitale has risen from relative obscurity to his current profile as one of the countryís most prolific hip hop artists. Heís achieved in a year something that has taken others many years to do. His debut album Far From Home exceeds all expectations as it says in the lead track Right Here. Donít be surprised if he has multiple nominations at next years VNZMAís, but donít wait until then to listen to this album.

K.One has built a solid work ethic and spent long hours polishing his musical craft through the underground Hip-Hop scene - the same breeding
ground for top local talent in years past: David Dallas, PNC, Mareko and Scribe. Illegal Musik caught wind of the young MC's talents through these underground channels and
the labelís head Patriarch AKA Mark Arona was sufficiently impressed by K.Oneís rhyming and story-telling ability that he took him on board. An opportunity opened up on the DJ CXL and J.Williams track My Loveí(The Remix) that gave K.One a shot alongside the virtuoso, Scribe. This was the start of the transition from young unknown in the studio to being a true Master of Ceremonies in his own right. Showcased in Sheís a Killer which has been a huge hit with K.One at the helm, as a twist in fate the single feaures J.Williams as his backing artist.

A year on, and the sacrifices made to pursue his dreams documenting the journey through songs like So Long a mid-tempo jam with stunning piano about trying to heal a fractured past and culminating in the release of his freshman album. We Ainít Gonna Stop featuring Tyson Tyler and Ethical, is like a personal reflection, K.One saying he has always wanted to write and produce a song like this.

The album as a whole has some amazing songs like the sexy fist pumping, club thumper Bring That Beat Back featuring Illegalís own Brooke belting out the power ballad hook, and beautiful Walking Away featuring Jason Kerrison from OpShop are brilliantly captivating and capture K.One at his finest. K.One utilizes his musical diversity to create variety, integrating euro-pop and heavy syntheziers to Motown choirs that make you swoon in Canít Take That Away the ironically seductive Murder, while still having a solid base in the Hip Hop Category. Never continues mixing genres with Junipahlaying the backing vox sounding a lot like Chad Krugar from Nickleback. And a fast tempo Did It For Youífeaturing Young Sid and Huz, talking about the pressures of the industry and coming out the other side stronger.

Towards the end of the album K.One slows it down and gets emotionally real, Hero featuring. River Jordan, is a sweet genuine song about breaking down barriers and Thank You featuring Che Fu| a love letter to the ones he cares about, great lyrics and production that properly demonstrates his voice. There really is something in there for everyone. 

All the tracks combine to form pieces of K.Oneís musical journey. Far From Home is a deeply satisfying album, assembled like a musical brick house: solid from top to bottom each song is strong enough to be released as a single. With the first 5 singles already released it is a brilliant success for the kid from Masterton. 

Far From Home
View Track Listing
Share on MySpace  

About K.One

K.ONE Unleashed

K.One AKA Kaleb Vitale has risen from relative obscurity to his current profile as one of the countries most prolific hip hop artists. Heʼs achieved in a year what's taken others years to do. With his debut album just around the corner the young artist continues to exceed expectations.

Kaleb Vitale was based in Masterton (Wairarapa region) making a living in the Forestry industry as a Silviculturist in conditions both challenging and dangerous. He built a solid work ethic in this environment and spent long hours honing his musical craft.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for K.One

Releases

Far From Home
Year: 2011
Type: Album

Other Reviews By Dilemma

Tiki Taane - With Strings Attached Album Review
10 Mar 2014 // by Dilemma
On November 3 2012, Tiki Taane, his whanau and friends came together in Old St Paul's Church in Wellington to record and film the live album With Strings Attached (Alive & Orchestrated) which was released just in time for the end of those long hot summer days and breezy nights. With the help of NZ On Air and TVNZ crew, they were able to capture the power of Tiki who arranged a musically stunning collaboration with backing from The Dub Soldiers, kapahaka group Te Pou O Mangatawhiri and a string orchestra to add depth to a soulful performance.
Read More...
Third3ye - On3ness Album Review
24 Feb 2014 // by Dilemma
Third3ye is a collective of like-minded hip hop artists coming together to produce a new-wave, spiritual sound. The music they make exudes a naturalist vibe over 15 tracks that takes the listener on a philosophic journey through mystical and musical vibrations.
Read More...
Smashproof - Forever Album Review
13 Feb 2014 // by Dilemma
It's been 6 long years since Smashproof burst on the scene with Gin Wigmore singing the quintessential south auckland hit Brother. In 2009 they released their first album The Weekend and finally Smashproof have put together a new album called Forever.
Read More...
Jay Killah - Common Ground Single Review
13 Jan 2014 // by Dilemma
New upcoming Hip Hop artist Joe Kilgour under the artist alias ďJay KillahĒ drawing inspiration from many of his favourite lyrical artists , he has created a fresh new sound for himself bringing something new to the New Zealand Hip Hop scene.Common Ground is the debut single from emerging artist Jay Killah.
Read More...
Fly My Pretties - The Homeland Recordings Album Review
17 Dec 2013 // by Dilemma
Going into Summer there is nothing better than finding some new summery tunes to help pass time and make memories, Iím not sure that the newest Fly My Pretties album titled The Homeland Recordings fits into that 'summery' category. It does however, have a country roads and wide open spaces contemplative quality that will get you through the longest road trips, relaxed, heartfelt, and intimate, it reflects the spirit of many of the small kiwi towns FMP visited on their recent Homelands Tour.
Read More...
David Dallas - Falling Into Place Album Review
17 Nov 2013 // by Dilemma
David Dallas' chilled flow, pop culture references, intellectual lyrics and smooth hooks kind of makes him the male version of Lorde. Or since this is his third album and she is only 17, Lorde could be the female version of David Dallas.
Read More...
Lorde - Pure Heroine Album Review
13 Oct 2013 // by Dilemma
Letís get a few things out of the way, yes Lorde is young, she is from NZ, yes you can compare her to Lana Del Rey or Florence Welsh but you shouldnít, and yes pretty much everyone has heard her song Royals. Regardless of preference of genre and despite various musical tastes everyone loves Royals, it cuts across boundaries and genres creating a new hybrid of hip-pop mania with dark and brooding alt.
Read More...
The Naked And Famous - In Rolling Waves Album Review
27 Sep 2013 // by Dilemma
"Thereís nothing left in this place but a reason to leave", and "itís a hell of a long way to fall just to learn to get up" are lyrics from one of the best songís Iíve heard this year. The song is called The Mess and the band of course, The Naked and Famous.
Read More...
View All Articles By Dilemma

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • BLURRED LINES
    Robin Thicke feat. TI And Pharrell
  • ROYALS
    Lorde
  • JUST GIVE ME A REASON
    Pink feat. Nate Ruess
  • ROAR
    Katy Perry
  • IMPOSSIBLE
    James Arthur
  • LET HER GO
    Passenger
  • RADIOACTIVE
    Imagine Dragons
  • WAKE ME UP
    Avicii
  • GET LUCKY
    Daft Punk feat. Pharrell
  • WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN
    Bruno Mars
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem