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Phorrest - EP Review: On My Way

19 Sep 2023 // A review by Cathy Elizabeth

Tuning into the new EP from Auckland hip hop artist Phorrest, the intro track does well to set the scene for the rest of the EP. But wait, why is the title track of the EP in brackets and labeled Intro (On My Way!)? Perhaps the EP is not so much named with a title track, but instead with a lyric?

Either way, On My Way was definitely a great name for the EP, as it expresses the artist's intended trajectory and gives great energy.

And one thing this offering is not lacking, for sure, is energy!

Personally, I tend to think of an 'intro' track as perhaps just a fragment of an idea, that also has the ability to stand alone. In fact, maybe needs to stand alone, as the best way to showcase it. On My Way could potentially fit into that category, with a little bit of ruthless editing to keep it at a length that’s just enough to tease the listener.

This EP just gets better and better as you go deeper into it, and honestly could have led with any one of the tracks on it. The second track, Late Night Love, is giving me The Weeknd vibes, and I’m really digging it.

Phorrest’s vocals really start to shine through on some of the deeper cuts, like Go Out. My personal fav is the last track Attention, with the melodies becoming more developed and interesting. With a voice like this, I’d like to hear more of that melodic side! While, of course, the barks, whispers, and growls definitely add to the intimidating flavour of the darker tracks too. Then we have the energetic party mood of Riding Up making it the perfect track to listen to on a long drive, or to get pumped up for a workout.

Overall, On My Way is an impressive effort from Phorrest with a really nice range of feels and flavours. A great addition to your New Zealand hip-hop playlist, reminding us to keep on following our dreams.


About Phorrest

Arriving on the scene in early 2020, Phorrest transcends the boundaries of traditional rap music with his mesmerizing melodic flows. Captivating audiences with his unique style, seamlessly blending intricate wordplay and rhythmic delivery with soulful melodies. With a voice that effortlessly glides over beats, they create an immersive musical experience that resonates deeply with listeners. His lyrics are thought-provoking, often delving into personal experiences, social issues, and introspection, allowing the audience to connect on a profound level. Phorrest's versatility shines through as he effortlessly switches between high-energy anthems and introspective ballads, showcasing a remarkable range of emotions and storytelling abilities.

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On My Way
Year: 2023
Type: EP

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