“One of UK hip hop’s more ferocious forces, taking no prisoners in either their beats or their lyrics” – Clash
Throwing out the rulebook once again, Cardiff-born Astroid Boys make a hard-hitting return with their unique blend of grime and rap with a DIY punk twist on new single, ‘Fallback’, and its striking visuals.
Finding pockets in-between a plethora of genres, the track is a fiery reincarnation of youth culture: culturally aware and artfully produced, it underscores the raw nature of grassroots hip-hop and the urban surroundings that the group’s music was born from.
Signing to MTA Records at the tail-end of 2015, the collective’s producer Dellux (whose solo work has been championed by The Fader and The 405) is currently talk of the town in the house world for his genre-defying vision – and having provided incomparable creativity on ‘Fallback’, it is clear to see why. Lyrically, vocalists Traxx and Benji Wild spit a streetwise cautionary tale inspired by “being in situations with people you don’t wanna be in”: a story all too familiar with Benji, whose recent incarceration now has him focused on turning his life around.
An anomaly in the music industry from their inception in 2013, Astroid Boys carry the flag for heavy UK hip-hop with their sharp lyrics and undercut rhythms, as exemplified in their startling debut ‘Bacon Dream’ EP. Following its success, the Clash-approved collective found themselves touring with the likes of Professor Green and Lethal Bizzle, whilst their second EP, ‘CF10’, charted at number 3 on the iTunes Hip-Hop Chart; rivalled only by releases that week from Drake, Tyler The Creator and Kendrick Lamar.
Now sitting firmly on the ones-to-watch pedestal with backing from Stormzy (Beats 1), Radio 1’s DJ Target and Huw Stephens, Astroid Boys have always been known for their visual work. Exploring the darkest depths of their hometown, in ‘Fall Back’’s video the camera follows the hardcore pack in their most natural habitat: “We didn’t take anything too seriously and vibed a local warehouse with the gang. We just wanted the video to be an interesting watch from start to finish, so we held back on the urge to make something obscure and confusing”.
To support the single’s release, Astroid Boys will be touring throughout May and June, kicking off at The Great Escape in Brighton on May 21st before hitting London, Amsterdam and Leeds alongside stop-offs in Belgium and Holland. Also billed for Slam Dunk, the band will end the tour at X Music Festival in Cardiff on June 3rd.
Built around brash lyrics, DIY production and a jackhammer beat, ‘Fallback’ is a fitting example of this emerging outfit’s eclectic taste in music and street smarts, proving their output is as refined and relevant as it is rough and ready.