Heads have been waiting for this tomb to drop for a hot minute and finally here it is. Asaviour‘s debut LP, The Borrowed Ladder which is set to destroy sets across the globe. The intro for the LP gets things off to a speedy start with a fantastically funky loop and Asaviour shouting out his cohorts who have helped him get to this stage. Certainly an upbeat and interesting way to start.
Field Of Dreams continues with its big and well produced sounding beat provided by Evil Ed of Hidden Identity. Slower in tempo it has a classic feel with its piano and smooth bass line. Partly biographical, the rap tells the story of Asaviour’s formative years in Huddersfield and what he reminisces from his youth. Dramathing gets production from Mr Thing and this brings a very live feel for a drum break driven track on which Asaviour flip flops his verbiose dexterity to further let you know of his skills.
02. Field Of Dreams
04. Where We Going???
05. Bangers ‘n’ Mash
06. This Planet
07. Nang FM
08. So Northern
09. Use Your Head
10. Home Coming
12. Money In The Bank
13. Findaz Keepaz
15. Lust Letters
16. Borrowed Ladder
After the Where We Going??? skit, Bangers ‘n’ Mash brings in Jehst for a funky production. IQ gets busy on the frenetic cuts and Micall Parknsun is enlisted to handle the chorus vocals. This Planet opens with a suitably sci-fi opening with a touch of a repetitive electro vibe over what is actually quite a slow beat. Here Asaviour takes a political turn and demonstrates his ability to draw attention to how inequalities have repercussions. Water deprivation and enslavement are the result of big conglomerates policies and Asaviour is not scared to say so.
Following the Nang FM skit, So Northern is the first single and is the track for which we are hosting the video. Braintax features on the backup vocals and chorus for a track which doesn’t quite hit the mark for me. Maybe I feel Asaviour’s vocals are a bit quiet ot his diction is not quite as clear as he could be. But this could be due to Asaviour’s speedy double pased flow. Regardless this is hyper critical and in all reality this track should definitely bump where necessary.
Use Your Head switches up the previous collaboration and sees Braintax take to the beat for another tantalising beat snippet in the form of a skit. As the LP hots up and you are immersed in this auditory gold Jehst brings in the beat for Home Coming with its plinky piano and heavy bass. Asaviour explains how his time has now come and what his motivation for continuing in the rap game is.
Money brings in the 70’s wah wah guitar funk for a Gil Scott Heron type spoken word narration peice in which he drops some uplifting gems of what humans can achieve when they put their minds to it. The previously released Money In The Bank gets the remix treatment with Braintax’s original beat getting re-touched by Jehst and extra vocalists added in the form of Kyza and Yungun. Both excel and Kyza in the past has properly blazes up his guest spots, but here it is possible that Yungun comes the nicest.
Findaz Keepaz sees new producer Apa-Tight delivering the niceness for Asaviour’s regular live rhyming partner Jehst to join him on. The darkness of the production is lifted by the MCs, but unfortunately this track does fell a bit ploddy and feels a bit like an album track which doesn’t really stand out too much. Jehst makes some nice observations, but rather than bursting out of the chrysalis the track does seen strangely contained and restrained. Things are brought back on point with Gameface, its electronic bass allowing Asaviour to explain how he is increasing the odds, and being realistic, there is only one option and that is to join him rather than stand against him.
The last couple of tracks keep the interest of the listener right up to the end. Lust Letters sees Asaviour get a little saucy with the subject matter and the final track Borrowed Ladder is a right belter to end on which is down in large part to the outstanding production from Ghost. The Outro continues with the funky feel the LP started on and altogether concludes what is a quality offering which I commend highly.