Edinburgh-based rapper, Conscious Route and producer, True Note bring you their collaborative debut album, ‘Lost Routes‘.
The album demonstrates the versatility of the duo as they bring a range of musical styles from hip-hop to grime and drum and bass, with tints of electronica and more. All the while, Conscious Route delivers different flows to speak on a variety of personal and political matters, from mental health and personal struggles to social commentary and experiences from his years in the music industry.
Conscious Route’s abilities as an MC are matched by the rich production of True Note (aka Mert Pearson), as they delve into themes of things that lurk in darkness, both from a metaphorical and a literal perspective.
Delivering uncompromising politicised intellect with a raw street edge, this album is interspersed with short interview skits that provide extra light on the subject matter as Conscious Route manages to bring thought-provoking lyricism without coming off preachy. All the while, True Note’s shifting aural backdrop prevents the soundscape from getting stale.
Lost Routes was written and recorded from 2019 into 2020 after Conscious Route took a hiatus from music and features guest vocals from London-born soul singer, Geoffrey Williams who was himself signed to Atlantic Records and saw chart success with a series of singles.
Production-wise, this release calls on live instrumentation from Trombonist Chris Greive from the Scottish Jazz Orchestra (‘Mash Up Days’), as well as KT Tunst’s drummer Cat Myers (‘Everything Test’). Meanwhile, True Note himself brings keyboard, bass and vocal additions to the project.
Music from this 20-track release has already been catching attention, with three instrumentals and one full track being picked up by Channel 4 for their mini documentary series, ‘Take Your Knee Off My Neck‘, a response to the killing of George Floyd.
A powerful and personal contemplation on UK life in the 21st Century, this release possesses more than enough bump to take the message to radio and the clubs too.
All Tracks composed Produced by True Note aka Mert Pearson unless stated
All lyrics written by Conscious Route aka Rolain Bradbeer unless stated. Chorus on Awakening which was written by Geoffrey Williams.
Trombone on Mash Up Days written, composed and performed by Chris Greive
Drums on ‘Everything Test‘ composed and performed by Cat Myers
Skits vocal by Claire Macfarlane and Conscious Route
Special thanks to Phil McBride (Sonic Lodge Studio) for recording vocals for ‘Dem Days‘ and ‘Field of Hopes‘. A massive thanks also to Edinburgh College tutor Richie Harrison, students Keith Muir and Niall Goodwin for recording vocals for tracks ”Cat’s Out the Bag‘, ‘Don’t Call Me‘, ‘Mash Up Days‘ , ‘Dusty Days‘ and ‘Frontline‘.
All other vocals recorded by Rolain Bradbeer and Mert Person
Mixed by Mert Person
Mastered by Chemo aka David Webb
Released by True Hold Records All rights reserved
Art work Picture by Ben Glasgow, Text by Paul Robinson
Available via True Hold Records.