“Shakespeare references and plague masks, listening to this felt like opening one corner of Pandora’s Box and quickly shutting it again. “
WORDS BY TOBI OSHILAJA
As debut singles go LARWOOD & KOH’s WRONG seems as polished and as it can be. While Larwood relies on his quick delivery to initially capture your attention, it’s the multisyllabic rhymes and well produced video that brought me back for multiple listens. What I found was a rapper who I’d love to hear more of. His voice has an engaging timbre that I imagine is quite versatile, but we’ll have to wait to find that out!
It’s always great to see new artists who don’t just know how to rap, but can package their aesthetic compactly into a digestible hook, dense verses and an evocative video (hats off to everyone involved). It will be interesting to see his M.O. in the future because apart from standard braggadocio, Shakespeare references and plague masks, listening to this felt like opening one corner of Pandora’s Box and quickly shutting it again. I do wonder what else is inside. For now, Larwood’s Instagram reveals a guy who seems comfortable on stage already and knows how to wield a pen like a true lyricist. This is definitely a video I can get behind. As for KOH and the production, the drum pattern, while simple, provides a great base for Larwood to ride over with his staccato flow and the eerie melody is reflected in the visuals. In that sense, the stage was set with the production, which is something I enjoy in all my favourite rapper-producer duos.
The future is bright for these two!