Mind State Krakatoa

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Mind State Krakatoa Album Review by Steve Rider - Feb 2017.

Well it’s been a long time coming but, finally I have been able to review the full album, and from the promo tracks I reviewed a while back this time could not come soon enough.

What made reviewing this so cool was the fact that I picked up the vinyl from the man himself. On a bloody freezing cold Saturday afternoon in January, My brother and I made are way to the Grapes Public Drinking establishment in Oxford Street Southampton. A Pub that has not changed that much from the years of my youth pissing it on the weekends, only the excessive price of a pint has changed.
As we sat down with our Pints, I spotted Mr Mic Nitro heading toward the Pub, Vinyl in hand, and we all greeted each other and were about to sit down when someone shouted “Shut the Fuckin’ door” many of the other blokes in the pub know him well and this pretty much set the tone for next couple of hours of Hip Hop related jovial banter and the like. Having a laugh over a pint like we had been mates for years!
What was apparent from talking to UMN was that this guy knows his stuff. Not just about Hip Hop But, also about the business behind the scenes. He knows the industry, knows what he likes and what he wants. With plenty of those crazy life stories to pull out and kick it to you, straight up, no bullshit. Some to make to laugh and some to make you sit back and think ‘Damn, Fuck’, The sort of shit that crafts a boy to man. Made all the more appropriate as we all grew up in the same city around the same time and often did the same crazy shit and probably rubbed shoulders over the years and never realised.

Mic Nitro has been perfecting his craft for years. Previously a member of the Dark Craftsmen those years had an important impact on him. Something he said stuck with me, as he spoke about the process of bringing Mind State Krakatoa to its release. He said about how those listening rarely think about the music past the length of the 10 tracks. They don’t realise that an album is 15 – 20 tracks and hours of hard work. Putting the tracks together, writing, getting the beats, getting the guests to feature on the tracks, it’s all about deciding which tracks don’t make the cut. Mind State could easily have been a double album. Don’t forget the hard work of the production, design work and everything else behind the scenes that has to be done before you get the chance to the wax in your hand. The reason this stuck with me was the day’s long past when I would have similar conversations with a friend who was also a legend in the UK scene.

It took me nearly a month or more to get from then till now. Work, holiday and personal stuff had to come first but, finally I put the Needle to the Groove and Damn! I ain’t disappointed!
This album hits from all sides the moment it explodes into your eardrums. I AM VOLCANO erupts, just like a musical Volcano, hitting you full on and letting you just who the fuck he is, and just as you are about to recover the EYE OF THE STORM looms and casts a huge shadow over you, letting you know we all struggle through our own Dark Times. You realise that the ferocity is only just beginning when FUKUSHIMA bursts forth with UMN’s former Dark Craftsman partner featuring unleashing molten magma of lyrical heat that begins to cook you from the head down. Then you’re in for lull, as WORK IT OUT issues forth and UMN explores social media and just what is true friendship. But, just when you thought it was safe the legendary CED GEE schools you to some Hip Hop history and then UMN, Chrome and Curoc, hit you with the pyroclastic cloud that is BACK TO BASICS, knocking you into the middle of next week.

The only point it lets up is when you flip the record over But, and once that needle is back in the groove the molten magma onslaught continues with BOBBY FISCHER, everything about him is fresher than fresh. COOKED floats in as you float along the river of lyrical magma and draws on a true life story of friendship and death. Suddenly you are brought back to life the BOMERMAN EXPERT telling just how it is, reminding you you’re on the edge and letting you fall. As you’re FALLING you’re reminded that it’s fucking hard living this life when you’re told what’s right n’ wrong. As you fall something hits you? It’s the MIND STATE KRAKATOA and you realise that UMN with Cappo and Phill Most Chill, have just awakened you to the fact your now caught up in the UMN Lyrical Mind State, floating endlessly till the pressure builds and erupts again and you are left wondering what the fuck just happened.

For me this album displays the work of someone waiting till the time was right to drop lyrical versatility that comes from experience and knowledge. It demonstrates a mixture of a hardcore true life, open mic battle vibe but, tinged with a poetic side that allows you to experience the emotions to the core.

Overall, I really can’t find anything negative to say about the album. I have played through a few times and as a debut Album this eclipses the ‘Now that’s what I call Music’ Rappers, keeping them in permanent shadow.
This Album is straight up, hard core UK Hip Hop. I’m not a fan of the Britcore moniker but, however you look at it and label it, this is just what the scene needs and what I remember about the days of old. Small labels releasing hard core underground artists who made music for the love of what they did and not for the love of money!

Bournemouth based B-Line Recordings are certainly bringing back the Hard Core. Bringing artists with a passion for a scene and sound that is taking the mold and beating the shit out of it and re-crafting it in their own unique style! The South Coast of England is most definitely in Full Effect Boyee...

Production on MSK comes from Ryan Mac, DJ Eyre, Speaks and Ollie Knight. With these guys adding a much needed production talent, I can see an exceptional future in store for the UK Hip Hop scene.
The awesome Art design on MSK was by the skilled John Dyer bringing a visual dopeness to the whole package. Showing hidden delights that have inspired UMN along the way! Some have a link to the lyrics of the album. While some have a link to things to come, perhaps?

All in all this is wicked package and If, for whatever reason, you don’t have this, Get It! Plain and simple, cos you won’t be disappointed.
Oh! I suggest you try and get the vinyl, because that is how hip hop should be played. There is nothing like the crackle as the record spins and needle flows through the groove. Brings back good memories of the golden age!

Steve Rider, February 2017.

MIND STATE KRAKATOA – UNCLE MIC NITRO
12” Red Vinyl with full colour sleeve and insert.

Released by B-Line Recordings Jan 2017

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released February 19, 2017

Side A

I am volcano
Produced by Ryan Mac. Vocals Alex Churton. Additional production Ollie Knight + Alex Churton. Cuts by Jabbathakut.

Eye of the storm
Produced by Ryan Mac. Vocals Alex Churton. Additional production Ollie Knight + Alex Churton. Cuts by DJ Tones.

Fukushima (feat. CBR)
Produced by Ryan Mac. Vocals Luke Quinn, Alex Churton. Additional production Ollie Knight + Alex Churton. Cuts by DJ Tones.

Work it out
Produced by Ryan Mac. Vocals Alex Churton. Additional production Ollie Knight + Alex Churton. Additional vocals by Izaac Lawrence, Elodie Dabreo, Olivia Dabreo, Lydia O'Donovan, Charlie & Harry & Emmy Diaper, Kalo Deacon Murray.

Words from Ced (skit)
Ced Gee.

Back to basics (feat. Chrome + Curoc)
Produced by Ryan Mac. Vocals Mike Walkden, Colin Wynter, Alex Churton. Additional production Ollie Knight + Alex Churton. Cuts by DJ Tones.

Side B

Bobby fischer
Produced by Ryan Mac. Vocals Alex Churton. Additional production Ollie Knight + Alex Churton. Cuts by DJ Tones.

Cooked
Produced by DJ Eyre. Vocals Alex Churton. Additional production Ollie Knight + Alex Churton.

Bomberman expert
Produced by Speaks. Vocals Alex Churton. Additional production Ollie Knight + Alex Churton. Cuts by DJ Tones.

Falling
Produced by Ryan Mac. Vocals Alex Churton. Additional production Ollie Knight + Alex Churton. Cuts by DJ Tones.

Mind state krakatoa (feat. Cappo + Phill Most Chill)
Produced by Ryan Mac. Vocals Paul Adey, Phill Stroman, Alex Churton. Additional production Ollie Knight + Alex Churton. Cuts by DJ Tones.

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Track Name: I Am Volcano Feat. Jabbathakut
I AM VOLCANO
V1

IRON MIC TAEKWONDO STRIKE THROUGH YA MIC DEVICES
JUGGERNAUT JACK KNIFE THROUGH YA CATS EYES IM
BAPTISED IN THE BLAZE OF YOUR FORMER GLORY
WAGE WAR, WAR MACHINE LYRICAL FURY
SCREAMING EAGLE FLOW FLY FOR MY PROPER PEOPLE
DR EVIL THE BEAT KILLER NICE TO MEET YOU
THE MEAT GRINDER IS MY RHYME FLOW
FEE FI FO FUM CRUSHING UP YOUR SKULL IF YOU RUN YA GUMS
12 BORE SHOT GUN THROUGH YOU YA WINE GUMS
EMOTIONAL RAPPERS STOP CRYING ON YOUR DRUMS
IRON EM OUT PUT A CREASE IN THEIR TIGHT TROUSERS
LAY FLOWERS AT THE GRAVESIDE OF MIC COWARDS
MICHAEL NITRO GUY FAWKES GUNPOWDER
BURN RAPPERS WALL OF FIRE RHYME NIKKI LAUDER
JIGGY CROWDS ARE NOT REALLY WANTED ROUND HERE
FOR ALL MY PROPER PEOPLE DOWN HERE
THIS IS SOME UNDERGROUND SHIT…

IRON MIC, FALLEN ANGEL
HIGHWAY TO HELL HOLDING ON TO MY HALO
I AM INDESTRUCTIBLE, NAME PLATE NITRO
I AM COMBUSTIBLE, I AM VOLCANO!

V2

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ROLL UP ON YA LIKE CURT CONNORS
THE LIZARD MONSTER FORK TONGUE CURSED ROCKIN
SPURT NONSENSE HURT CUNTS FAIRLY OFTEN
FAIRY-TALE RAPPERS HAPPINESS IT WON’T HAPPEN
FLAPPING RAPPERS GET SLAPPED BY THE JABBERWOCKY
ACT COCKY IN A BATTLE GET JABBED BY ROCKY
BALBOA DRAGON PUNCH FLOW FLAME THROWER
LAWNMOWER MAN MIND BLOWN KRAKATOA
HAD TO SHOW UP AND COME BACK TO BLOW THE FUCK UP
TO SHOW KIDS HOW TO SPIT OR HOW TO SHUT THE FUCK UP
NOW I BRING THE RUCKASS SCHIZOPHRENIC LIKE ZUCKASS
IG88 MIND STATE BOUNTY HUNTER
ROWDY NUTTER ROCK RHYMES THROUGH A CLOUDY JUDGEMENT
TOWEL GETS CHUCKED IN ANY BOUT THAT I CHOOSE TO RHYME IN
PROUDLY PUFF OUT PECTORALS ON ALL YOU CUSTARDS
HACKSAW JIM DUGGEN RUGGED WHEN I PLUG THE MIC IN

IRON MIC, FALLEN ANGEL
HIGHWAY TO HELL HOLDING ON TO MY HALO
I AM INDESTRUCTIBLE, NAME PLATE NITRO
I AM COMBUSTIBLE, I AM VOLCANO!
Track Name: Eye Of The Storm
v1

Birds singing songs sleep walk try to right the wrongs
But right now politics are probably best left alone
In the jesters home no one like to joke a lot we all do coke a lot and act like a broken clock
Drink a lot smoke a lot telling tales of broken homes and how our life was fucked when we all grew up
Never sober up, never growing up forever drunk lovers’ll never know the love
Just some hopeless love, chasing the ghost of love
Gazing at my life thru lens of the vodka shot
Brother I’m either buzzing or I’m recovering
Loving it or suffering
Chucking up up or clubbing
Proper struggling wade thru the night wobbling
Knocking shots back, dropping concoctions
I’m bugging out like whistle did
I sniff a little bit and blow my mind like a missile tip..



Eye of the storm
5 in the morn
Alive at the night time but dead at the dawn
5 minutes left
Catching my breath
Clutching on to life
Looking out for death


v2

One step at a time creep deeper in the pantomime
One eye on the skyline one eye on the glass of wine
Feel the skin split away from this spine of mine
Screaming out for love violent mind lost in silent times
Time to climb higher up high into the skies above
Reach out and try and touch the love
Ashes to ashes plus dust to dust
I’m daydreaming in the clutches of the wanderlust
Body shaking when the thunder comes
Under the sheets of lightening I never loved the sun
I hide away like a fugitive, moody kid
I like to sit in shadows when the moon is lit
I need to chill a bit and work on my will power
But it’s hard on your own in your darkest hour
I put a mask on so you can see me happy
And see me smile every time you’re looking back at me...