Mayday has come with a 7 track project of fully produced, big, big sounds for your head tops, and laced it with bars for days! The EP is an exposé of life as he’s lived it, and shows that he’s come through some dark times to get where he is now. It’s impressive still.
Collecting a host of well respected producers, Mayday has listed every one as ‘featuring’, to circumvent the rules regarding listing producers on iTunes and the likes, and to ensure the correct credit is received by each and every one, a very cool move, that could do with being emulated across the industry.
‘Lakitu’, Prod. Bolus, comes in heavy and ominous to start, getting funkier at the drop, with a full, wavey melody which follows the bassline, and busy, skippy drums throughout, Mayday patterns the ting with clever wordplay, and references to football, and popular culture throughout, that will have you finding yourself doing up Cheshire Cat smiles; come like ‘I spit shells just like Lakitu/If I got a show bring the mandem thru’, and ‘Bare Man move like Woody and Buzz cus they only talk up when I'm not there’. A vibe.
‘October’s Very Own Ghost’, Prod. DubzCo, comes fully patterned from the jump, with a pulsing, driving melody, that makes you feel fully alive, light drums and skippy hihats, Mayday shells the riddim sharing stories about his drive to make it, and rep for the 0121, the friends and family he’s lost (if you have any experience of this yourself, you’ll relate heavy), and growing up working class, with all the different fuckries that position in life brings with it. This one is deep, and Mayday fully proves his worth as an MC on it. Class.
‘Olives & Wine’, Prod. Vagrant Real Estate, is a different one still, kicking off with Spanish whisperings and a Spanish Guitar melody, later adding sparse drum patterns and a low, low bassline, Vagrant weaves a wavey tune as Mayday spits one about the gyaldem; Yung gringo living life/Eating Olives and drinking Wine/Spending Euros making dinero/Do them both just at the same time/Money affi mek no no can't delay/Speed it up just like andelie/So why don't you get to know me/Discuple, mi llamo Mayday’. A vibe, with a heavy Spanish influence, throughout.
‘Big C Interlude’, Prod. Moshino Royale, comes with an icy overtone, patterned with a heavy bassline and skippy drums, the riddim drops out altogether in 2 2 places, and Mayday lays bars about solid friendships with no breading, and sharing everything 50/50 and having real ones that feel like family. Cold.
‘Subject 43’, Prod. Spooksville, comes icy with it, with a driving melody, which changes up instruments throughout, a low, low bassline, clean drums and vocal synths weaving over the top, this one has a cold overtone which fits Mayday’s heavy patterns about how he sees himself, and the world in relation, ‘I look around when I'm walking alone/I'm a big man I shouldn't need to do that/But that's just hood paranoia So I guess I got it from home/Engrained in my bones, part of my DNA/Since 10 years old its every single day/Often wonder if I ever feel safe/Can it subside or ever go away’, showing that life is different when you come from the other side. He spits about being ready for beef, but being tired of it, and shares that these times, he struggles to know which him is the real one. Deep, anyone who’s lived a similar path will feel this one, still.
‘Estates a State’, Prod. Vagrant Real Estate, hits dramatic from the jump, with only a simple melody and heavy drums, Vagrant frames Mayday’s heavy bars perfectly. Mayday shares some more personal details from his life, showing his come up has been anything but easy. You have to hand it to him for keeping hold of his drive and determination to become someone. Sharing tales of the bredrin he’s lost, the hopelessness of being poor, the youts from round his way throwing it all away, the drugs, the despair, the necessity to be a ‘war monger’ for survival, and finally how he’s going to be the one to raise his ends up, still. This one hits differently. Inspiring.
‘Stranger in Shinatos Ark’, Prod. Audio Slugs, opens with haunting vocal synths, followed by a heavy melody, a low, low bassline and big drums, the pattern changes up at different times to be skippier and more energetic, and Mayday laces the track with bars referencing Yu-Gi-Oh, Manga and the Dojo. He explains he’s been on his ones for time, but though he gets lonely, he won’t take his eye of the prize, because he knows he’s not the same as other mandem his age, and he’s not looking away from the light, until he makes it out the dark. Cold.
This EP is a quality project, beats and bars alike. It’s deep on a next level, with complex and interesting topics, lyrically matched throughout by Mayday, and patterned by every producer with a full, big sound production on every track.
An outstanding exposé of life for Mayday, and many more besides, with a sharp streak of hope and light running throughout.
Clever, deep, and laaaarge, cop it, you won’t be disappointed!