Melbourne artist KID LAB RAT, aka Dylan James, comes from a background of alternative rock. He lived in Manchester, UK making rock music before moving back to Australia in 2014 where he started releasing hip-hop beats. His latest record More Sad Songs was released back in January of this year where KID LAB RAT taps into heartbreak, loneliness, and sense of self.
Starting off with “Roses,” it’s a track that tilts more towards the R&B/pop side as it steadily injects its listeners with moodiness. “Same Old Songs” illustrates our desire to break away from repetitiveness as KID LAB RAT draws influences from experimental rock. In “Let You Down,” KID LAB RAT breakneck vocals rap over the breezy propulsive riffs as he taps into the fear of letting someone down.
The dreamiest moment of the record is “Rolling Lotus,” a soundscape layered with gossamer synths and multi-layered choruses that yield a buoyant vibe. “Coz I’m jaded” chants KID LAB RAT. In “Holding On,” the featuring vocals of Emily Wurramara add femme touch to the soundscape as both artists channel the need to be with someone. KID LAB RAT beckons us into indie rock waters in “Gone Away” and “Apologetic,” where he constructs synth-laden riffs filled with raw vulnerability. “Blood Stains” captures the feeling of being at our lowest state where the rapping choruses and distorted vocals boxes us into the hazy emotional confusion.
“Just Like You Said” kicks off with restless background TV noise, as if someone is switching channels to desperately find distraction. It’s a hip-hop anthem where KID LAB RAT narrates the story of feeling lost and trying to restlessly find a way back. The follow up “My Blackened Heart” hovers between rock and hip-hop where there is an impending sense of doom in the air. The final two tracks, “Behind Enemy Lines” and “Rotten,” have traces of metal where KID LAB RAT floods us with his explosive choruses. More Sad Songs is a record jumps between one genre to another while exploring the sources of our own pain and heartache.
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