Koder unveils multiple styles on 'Kameleon EP 1'

Koder showcases diverse skill through the multiple-styled Kameleon EP 1.

After Novelist hilariously shut down lyrical Brockley taunts at his Boiler Room set the other day (shout out Squintz though, he handled it well), the South London area is back in the headlines as native rapper, Koder, drops his latest versatile project.

From his debut album, The Calm, Koder set himself apart from other MCs and delivered on his unique selling point of begin one such artist, able to switch his styles. Kameleon follows suit as it holds a range of atmospheres and sounds - from intense, unapologetic grime; to bouncy, calm percussion; to nostalgic garage influence; singalongs; and somewhat innovative tones.

"In my Zone" serves as the leading track from the project. Heart pounding kicks and a uniquely sung chorus set this song into a realm of its own. Passionate, head down-styled verses proved a cooling juxtaposition from the previous raw melodies. Here we are delivered a great insight into the artist - his life, his thoughts, his aims; ups, downs and realities. The second half of this track is a completely switch up yet flows seamlessly in from the previous. Koder takes a calmer approach, as he offers an even deeper vision on his trails and tribulations.
Prod. BlameBlame.

"Foreign Ting" rips up the handbrake as the vibe swerves full circle to something different than how the EP started. In a gust of calm, loving tones, the Lewisham artist declares his affection for this "foreign ting". This is a relationship of beauty and personality as he raps "Imma call you when I'm dropping in. We talk brexit, we talk politics." Though Koder also sings on this record, it's more polished, cleaner and a little more delicate; bearing in mind it is aimed at the women.

"Deep Down" jumps in with raw, authentic sounding drums that catch the listeners movement instantly; alongside the TAI feature. Again changing the style, the percussion and smooth timbres hold something of a hip-hop resemblance. As a vocal recording plays, we are introduced to the narrative of the track - growing up, parenthood and their startling realities. This offers a blunt wake up call for what some may be dealing with, particularly artists. The woman on the recording is cold as hell, stating raw 'truths' that may be hard to swallow - definitely a deep one.
Prod. BlameBlame.

"Phone Line Crew" is the 'in your face', 'grab the mic from the next man' vibe within the project. Holding a solid deliverance as the grimy track, Koder looks to Ghstly and Yizzy for assistance. Vocals begin at 28s, and your first reload should be at 30s. Koder fully explodes on to the record in a whirlwind of lyrical aggression and confrontational tones. Both Ghstly and Yizzy follow suit, proving quality verses and their own personal piles of shells. Eerie and usual sounding VSTs swoop in and out like martians invading a peaceful countryside. The wobbles of these sonic UFOs lashed forward by the hard and sharp percussion.
Prod. Loquid.

And lastly, we settle on "Win" - potentially, a nice metaphor as for this artist's mindset, confidence and career. This final, and potentially most amplified vibe change is formed by a heavy garage influence. Shuffling percussion, soft pads and bright harmonies seep through the mix as Koder skips above. Chatting on his past, balances, his determination, and future; it holds a perfect finale for the fantastic EP - "How can I quit now...Man's gotta win now."
Prod. Raphael Gasser.

Koder provides once again, further credit to his mature and educated attitude only developed through real-life experience. His wisdom and perspective on life shines through on this record - knowledge, positivity, love, humbleness, optimism, realism, and realness. And as the title states, he truly holds a chameleon likeness to his changing patterns and styles.

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