From New York, NY comes a veteran of the music scene, offering us a brand new album that will no doubt find its way into so many listeners' favorite lists. This genre-bending artist by the name of Yury is an electronic hip-hop artist who wastes no time leaving his signature on each and every track that makes up his incredible new album entropy. The opening track, entitled “Moments”, is oddly charismatic and masterfully produced. Featuring some haunting female vocals and layers of synth sounds, Yury introduces us to his very smooth and compelling lyrical style. Reminding me somewhat of the great K-OS, Yury strings his rhymes together with a socially conscious intent. “Moments” is both a great song and also a bit off; it is catchy and composed well enough, but, as far as a musical journey, the song takes a bit too long to reach the big payoff that unfortunately never arrives.
Following the artistic “Moments” is the single-worthy song entitled “Growing Pains”. This song grabs some of its musical cues from another electronic band called Tycho, and, with Yury’s solid vocals, this is a beautiful pairing of sound. The song has both a vulnerable and raw message from Yury, and, for many listeners, this song will resonate on a truly deep level. Once again, the song stays safely within the confines of its opening layout, and this would have been a great opportunity for Yury to bring the album up to a faster speed.
The song “New Beginnings” is absolute musical gold, worthy of the level of Tricky, Lupe Fiasco, and Mos Def. With a catchy piano track and sick synth bassline, the instrumental part of this track sounds like something from the Linkin Park camp. It is dark, honest, and emotionally charged. If you listen to any track one song off of this creative and effective album, I suggest “New Beginnings” as your first choice.
The current single is entitled “Intrinsically Motivated” and doesn’t fail to give a proper introduction to Yury’s unique sound. The musical composition is not what you will expect, and it is exactly what it should be. The vocal line is proof that Yury has what it takes to stay hot in what is known as a very competitive genre of music.
It would be a shame for any hip-hop fans to miss out on this fresh album. In a world soaked and choked with the same hip-hop tracks making waves in the clubs, Yury braves the less travelled road and offers his audience something respectively different. The anthem-like entropy is an album many people will no doubt share, and it deserves all the accolades it receives.