[Article] Rocks FOE – Legion Lacuna EP Review

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  • Sat 31st 2018

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Rocks FOE

As a music journalist it’s always interesting watching various musicians’ career trajectories. Sometimes it’s easy to tell what direction an artist is heading in with their style, audience and genre choices, and other times it’s a bit baffling. Rocks FOE sits firmly in the baffling category. Whilst he’s not quite MF DOOM levels of illusive, the amount of background information on the Black Acre label’s artist is few and far between.

The first time some will have heard of the Croydon based producer and MC will have been after the release of his 2015 EP ‘’Legion’. On that EP featuring the standout track ‘Hold That (L)’ (a track that was later remodeled in collaboration with Iglooghost and re-titled ‘Ell’), introduced an eclectic and unique style of hip-hop infused with east Asian influences, grime, lyrical prowess and his own secret ingredients.


 

Now, on the release of his third gritty EP ‘Legion Lacuna’ we get another snapshot into the interesting musical brain of Rocks FOE.

This 4 track EP is quite honestly an assault on the senses – your attention as a listener is not asked for, but instead simply taken through the use of unsettling and high energy beats, arcane/religious metaphors, and with word play and flows that makes the listener feel as if they are in a one on one sparring session the whole way through.

On the EP opening track ‘Legion’, Rocks FOE gets out of the blocks quickly – spitting with tons of energy about being an army of one.

But, it’s the second track ‘Gong’ which is a fine example of the energy that Rocks FOE has throughout the EP. Channeling his inner Wu Tang Clan by setting the scene of a martial arts temple; using samples of martial arts films to decorate the beat – at pace Rocks FOE launches barrages that shows he’s ready for any and all lyrical warfare.

On the EP closer ‘Sound That’ – another standout track, Rocks FOE showcases flows that show his potential ability as a top mic controller. A track that would be at home at any grime rave, the flows are actually very reminiscent of another British MC with a bright future – Big Zuu, although it would be wrong to suggest the track is a complete bite of his style.

Overall ‘Legion Lacuna’ is a strong EP but it is very tough to tell where a full project from this artist would go. Maybe a concept album? With his skills of painting sceneries with lyrics this could be an interesting direction, however with Rocks FOE being so obviously well suited to making grime as well it’s tough to see where this wealth of talent is heading next. Either way it will be interesting to both see and hear.

Rating: 3.8/5

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Rocks FOE

As a music journalist it’s always interesting watching various musicians’ career trajectories. Sometimes it’s easy to tell what direction an artist is heading in with their style, audience and genre choices, and other times it’s a bit baffling. Rocks FOE sits firmly in the baffling category. Whilst he’s not quite MF DOOM levels of illusive, the amount of background information on the Black Acre label’s artist is few and far between.

The first time some will have heard of the Croydon based producer and MC will have been after the release of his 2015 EP ‘’Legion’. On that EP featuring the standout track ‘Hold That (L)’ (a track that was later remodeled in collaboration with Iglooghost and re-titled ‘Ell’), introduced an eclectic and unique style of hip-hop infused with east Asian influences, grime, lyrical prowess and his own secret ingredients.


 

Now, on the release of his third gritty EP ‘Legion Lacuna’ we get another snapshot into the interesting musical brain of Rocks FOE.

This 4 track EP is quite honestly an assault on the senses – your attention as a listener is not asked for, but instead simply taken through the use of unsettling and high energy beats, arcane/religious metaphors, and with word play and flows that makes the listener feel as if they are in a one on one sparring session the whole way through.

On the EP opening track ‘Legion’, Rocks FOE gets out of the blocks quickly – spitting with tons of energy about being an army of one.

But, it’s the second track ‘Gong’ which is a fine example of the energy that Rocks FOE has throughout the EP. Channeling his inner Wu Tang Clan by setting the scene of a martial arts temple; using samples of martial arts films to decorate the beat – at pace Rocks FOE launches barrages that shows he’s ready for any and all lyrical warfare.

On the EP closer ‘Sound That’ – another standout track, Rocks FOE showcases flows that show his potential ability as a top mic controller. A track that would be at home at any grime rave, the flows are actually very reminiscent of another British MC with a bright future – Big Zuu, although it would be wrong to suggest the track is a complete bite of his style.

Overall ‘Legion Lacuna’ is a strong EP but it is very tough to tell where a full project from this artist would go. Maybe a concept album? With his skills of painting sceneries with lyrics this could be an interesting direction, however with Rocks FOE being so obviously well suited to making grime as well it’s tough to see where this wealth of talent is heading next. Either way it will be interesting to both see and hear.

Rating: 3.8/5

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