We're writing this with a lot of excitement, because Zwart Licht (the Amsterdam-based hip hop trio) has been teasing a new album in the works, for a while now. After approximately 4 years since their last studio release (Leeroy Draait Door), the silence has been deafening.
Dropped today, Geen Manieren (translated: No Manners), is their first track since their long-lived silence. The group has come back with a vengeance! While Akwasi has been busy gaining momentum as a TV-persona and solo-artist (attaining 'gold' status voor his hit-single Dorst), Hayzee (the champion beatmaker) dropped a few collaborative works (deuxdeux, maydien, etc.) and Leeroy started profiling himself as a solo mc - with projects together with Snelle Jelle, Servinio and Desmond - the message is clear: they've all grown further into their craft and are ready to do something seriously banging together.
While studio releases have been silent, they're far from sitting still. Having performed at many festivals in 2016 - Appelsap, Where The Wild Things Are, amongst others - they've abundantly made clear that there's a new album in the running. Known for their energetic performances, they also rocked a Boiler Room set together in 2016, continuously reminding the crowd that they've been in the studio together.
Promoted heavily on Instagram (see videos below), the new track is a throwback to the old productions of beatmaker, Hayzee, possibly nudging us to believe that they're going to bring their old sound back, in a new jacket. You might recognize the beat as Hayzee's "Bap Potion" from the State Beat Tape.
In true Zwart Licht fashion, the beat switches up at the end of the track, but the intro and outro are actually the original Bap Potion beat. It's just that the rest of the track is a flip on this classic 8-bit Hayzee sound. That all being said, a matured Akwasi and Leeroy are to be heard dropping some lyrics and flows that are a breath of fresh air. It seems like all you need to hear is something new, to be reminded that a lot of what's been coming out as of late (despite also being good) sounds very similar to each other. We wait in anticipation of this new release, but in the meanwhile enjoy this track and stay tuned...