Ep Review: Kof – ‘An Alternative Soul’
'An Alternative Soul' is a collection of seven tracks attesting to KOF's progression as a writer and singer of integrity, with a lyrical depth that deals with real issues. The previously released 'Be Like You' and 'Child Of The Ghetto' are just a couple of examples which show the Liverpool-and-proud rapper-turned-singer refreshingly tackling social issues head-on and shies away from many materialistic musings of his peers...
The tracks are so relatable and driven by infectious melodies across a soundscape, from ambient ('Need Somebody') to up-tempo ('Undeniable'), that they cater to the likings of a wide spectrum of music listeners. 'Be Like You' evolves over an electric drum pattern and it is therefore easy to envision KOF being successful on a mainstream level the way that Michael Kiwanuka has, and the way that Josh Osho is surely soon to be.
The smooth vocals of Terri Walker compliments KOF's soulfulness on 'Need Somebody' and Chartstalker, producer of tracks for the likes of Wiley and Lady Leshurr et al, lends his talents to EP closer, 'Undeniable'. However, it is when your personal favourite is another track besides one of these (and my personal highlight is 'Get Out', which features the guitar skills of BBC Radio 1's Dev) that you realise just how strong an EP 'An Alternative Soul' really is. Everyone you talk to about it is likely to name a different song as their preference.
There are now no limitations or restrictions to KOF being able to say what he wants as an artist, with the outro track, 'Undeniable', conveying that he is now synonymous with his music. "I'm gonna shake it up in here/ Feel the tremble as I assemble what resembles /A sound that f**ks up ears," his own verdict of 'An Alternative Soul' that also shows that he hasn't completely left his rapping talent behind.
KOF’s new EP, 'An Alternative Soul', is out now.
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Words: James Walsh (@JW_DittoMusic)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)