Clear Soul Forces

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Clear Soul Forces first hit my radar earlier this year after a buddy sent me a link to one of their videos.  It seems like these days if you are in the hip hop game and aren’t talking about yourself…I’m interested.

The group consists of four members: L.A.Z, Ilajide, E-Fav, & Noveliss. As a group, Clear Soul Forces demonstrates that each member fully understands hip hop and its roots. They are poets with their lyrics and their beats are simple but hit you in the soul.  Their music takes you back to an era of hip hop that has seemed to all but disappear.

Upon first listen you’ll be hit with the memory of A Tribe Called Quest; the simplicity of their jazz based samples and their ability to tell stories through just a casual listen. I first heard the track linked below.  I highly recommend this if you are a hip hop head and really don’t listen to much of the hip hop that has come out these days. If you appreciate the old school, have love for simplicity and beats that just take you for a walk, Clear Soul Forces brings back the old school while still keeping it fresh.

It also looks like Clear Soul Forces have picked up quite the following in Europe.   In September they will be touring France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Amsterdam, and the Czech Republic.

Coming from a hip hop head like myself (I have the drawing from A Tribe Called Quests “Low End Theory” album tattooed on my left shoulder), I am happy that Detroit has an up and coming hip hop group in an age where the hip hop world is lead by people who I think have no more respect for the game.

Look out for an in-depth review of their latest release in the coming weeks.

Also below via soundcloud is Clear Soul Forces latest release.


Dial 81

Dial 81

DIAL.81 (blAiR fRench)
emcee turned producer + visual artist

Brief Background:
Composed the lo-fi score for the award winning documentary, DETROPIA with ‘Best Original Score’ from Cinema Eye Honors. Released on vinyl/digitally.
The release of ‘DETROPIA’ was followed up with “Luminous Stasis” feat. Paul Randolph, A Setting Sun, and Szymanski .

Upcoming Releases:
COSMIC HANDSHAKES – “the delicate details” (Todd Modes + DIAL.81)
DIAL.81 – “memory.fossils.”
(Available now for Free)