Conscious Route - Belterz

Belterz, the new album project by Conscious Route is a social exploration of his personal experience of a changing society and culture, highlighting the insights of an ageing person living life and being an artist in the music Industry.

Taking the perspective of an independent artist, the album features a host of top flight artists bringing different styles and perspectives as they share insights from their own journeys within the culture of the Scottish music scene.

The album musically and lyrically navigates a range of sounds and social topics, uniting the introspective with social observation, as we have come to expect from Conscious Route. Most of the production is handled battle rapper/ producer MacKenzie, with just two tracks (‘2 Guys‘ produced by Tzusan and ‘Essence‘ produced by Vagrant Real Estate) produced by others.

Guest musicians, Chris Greive and Scott Bathgate also appear across five songs. With Scott Bathgate adding subtlety to ‘Ducks in a Row‘ and an eerie edge to ‘Underground‘, while Chris Greive brings extra trombone to the subtle style of ‘Late‘, nuance to ‘Heart on Sleeves‘ and a a mix of Jazz influenced keys and trombone with the track ‘2 Guys’.

Conscious Route - Belterz

The feature-heavy project boasts guest appearances from some of Scotland’s finest, with tunes featuring Empress, YBxgtown, Kryptik, Lynzie Dray, Milles Better, Gluco, Jennifer Anne Todd, One Oz, Mistah Bohze, MacKenzie, Jabba Tha Kut, Wends, Becci Wallace, Solareye, Queen of Harps and Pro Focus.

Conscious Route draws upon years of experience in the music industry as he casts an eye over the state of Hip Hop culture and the trials of getting noticed as an underground artist. His vocals mesh perfectly with those of his guests, bringing an array of vocal styles and accents as the music flips from Hip Hop head-nodders to a UK Garage throwback, some soul-tinted melodies, dub, and beyond.

Continuing to push the culture while keeping an eye on its roots, ‘Belterz’ shows why Conscious Route has long been regarded as one of the foremost names in Scottish Hip Hop.

Release Date 10.11.2023

Conscious Route

Andrew Mackenzie

Conscious Route - Belterz

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