Fliptrix - Polyhymnia (Review)

Fliptrix - Polyhymnia (Review)

"Polyhymnia" is the latest album from London emcee Fliptrix. The album features guest appearances from Rag N Bone Man, Chester P and The Four Owls and is fully produced by UK hip-hop producer Molotov. It was released on October 8, 2014 via High Focus Records.

1) Jeheeze - The first song on the album finds Fliptrix spitting some boastful rhymes about his mic skills over an instrumental that has my head nodding right out of the gate. The beat is dope, with a vocal sample that gives the song it's name layered over boom-bap drums, and Fliptrix sounds great over it. Dope way to start off the album. - 3.5/5

2) Praise The Sun (featuring Rag N Bone Man) - This was one of the singles released in promotion of the album and it's real nice. The beat has a sort of funky feel to it and meshes nicely with Fliptrix's playful rhymes as he raps a dedication to the sun. The production and rhymes on here are dope, but I think the soulful chorus by Rag N Bone Man really steals the show. - 3.5/5

3) Polyhymnia - Woah. The beat on this cut is really ill, with some soft keys and subtle jazzy saxophones over lively drums. Lyrically the song is just as dope as the production, with Fliptrix flowing effortlessly over the production while professing his love for a woman (which is really just a metaphor for Music). This shit is absolute fire and is easily one of my favorite songs on here. - 4.5/5

4) Here Today, Gone Tomorrow - This was another one of the singles released from the album and it's also quite dope. As you can probably tell by the songs title, this track finds Fliptrix rapping about how life is short and about how you need to enjoy it while it lasts over an uplifting piano instrumental. Very nice. - 4/5

5) Lean Star Gazer - The beat on this cut has a sort of spacey feel to it, with some backing guitars and strings over live drums that almost give the song a subtle rock vibe. As far as the rhymes go, Fliptrix lets his mind go free and even gets a little introspective on here as well. Yeah, I'm feelin' this one too. - 4/5

6) Alchemical Vessel (featuring Chester P) - Fliptrix links up with Task Force emcee Chester P over a crazy instrumental with a mystic vibe to it. I'm really diggin' the production on here and both emcees just rip it with their verses. This one's a banger. - 4.5/5

7) The Warning - This song features a darker instrumental than some of the others, with some violins, soft pianos and ambient noises over stomping drums. It's a little slower in tempo than the others as well, but Fliptrix flows nicely over it while rapping about a variety of socially conscious topics. This cut is nice, but it's not my favorite on here. - 3/5
8) Vultures - The beat on this cut also has a darker feel to it, with some slightly ominous synths over what sounds like a chopped up horn sample. The beat is real aggressive and Fliptrix's rhymes are the same as he comes out gunning for the mainstream and commercialism. This shit is real nice. - 3.75/5

9) Reflections (featuring The Four Owls) - In sharp contrast to the previous song, the beat on this cut is real soulful and features some bright horns, a beautiful piano loop and some organs over minimal drums. As far as the rhymes go, Fliptrix teams up with fellow The Four Owls members Verb T, Leaf Dog and BVA MC as fall four emcees kick some reflective rhymes about life. Very dope. - 4/5

10) Wavey - The beat on this joint features a funky sample layered over lively drums that sound unique on the project so far. Lyrically Fliptrix keeps in vibe with the instrumental and kicks some carefree rhymes about how fresh his style is and such. It sounds like he is just having fun on here, which is dope. - 3.25/5

11) Highway Traveller - Yet again the album does a total one-eighty and follows up the playful feel of the previous track with a more serious joint, this time featuring an almost dreary and ominous vocal sample over head nodding drums. The beat is quite ill, though, and Fliptrix sounds perfect over it as he kicks some more introspective rhymes. - 3.75/5

12) The Message - Fliptrix bodies a crazy instrumental full of beautiful pianos, bleeping synths and mournful violins that ends up being one of my favorite beats on the entire project. The beat and rhymes on this one are top notch and make this cut one of the albums standout tracks for me. - 4.5/5

13) Going To The Moon - The final song on the album (not including the outro) finds Fliptrix taking us on a lyrical journey to the moon over another soulful instrumental with some pianos and a subtle vocal loop. The beat and rhymes on here are dope, but they don't hit me quite as hard as the previous song. Still, this shit is ill and is a dope way to close out the album. - 3.5/5

14) Reclaim Your Mind (Outro) - Skit.

I'm going to rate the album

4 / 5

because it's really good. The production is pretty much fire throughout, with Molotov providing a variety of instrumentals ranging from brooding vocal loops ("Highway Traveller") to more playful and carefree beats ("Wavey"). As far as the rhymes go, Fliptrix really impresses on here as well (which is not surprising). He switches up topics throughout the project, mixing more introspective and personal rhymes with conceptual tracks such as "Praise the Sun" and "Going To The Moon". The diversity of the rhymes coupled with the crazy production from Molotov and killer flows from Fliptrix himself help to solidify this album as one of the better hip-hop releases of 2014 and as another nice addition to Fliptrix's already great discography.


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