Onoe Caponoe - Voices From Planet Cattele (Review)

Onoe Caponoe - Voices From Planet Cattele (Review)

"Voices From Planet Cattele" is the latest album from London based rapper Onoe Caponoe. The album features a guest verse from Jehst and is fully produced by hip-hop producer Chemo. It is set to be released on January 28, 2015 via High Focus Records.


1) Cattele Intro - Skit

2) Space Bitches - The first song on the album sets the spacey tone of the project straight out of the gate, with Onoe Caponoe spitting some abstract raps over a hazy instrumental featuring beautiful falling pianos and hard-hitting boom-bap drums. The beat and rhymes are kind of experimental, but this shit is real nice. Dope way to start off the album. - 4/5



3) Lord of the Light (Sun Riddim) - The beat on this cut features some nebulous keyboards and rolling drums/synth stabs that give the beat an experimental feel while keeping it grounded in its hip-hop roots at the same time. Lyrically the song is out there as well, with Onoe Caponoe centering his rhymes around light and the sun. Shit's dope though. - 3.75/5

4) Moon - Galactico - Chemo changes up things a bit on this one and layers ethereal synths and what sounds like subtle guitars over lively drums that are unique on the album so far. As far as the rhymes go, Onoe Caponoe takes us to outer space once again while spitting some more abstract rhymes and distorting his voice for much of the song. - 3.5/5

5) Disappearing Jakob - Onoe Caponoe kicks some drug-heavy story raps over what might just be my favorite beat on the album so far. The production is real smooth, with hypnotic pianos and atmospheric keyboards over drums that got my head nodding like crazy, and Onoe sounds great over it. This one is real nice. Very dope track. - 4/5

6) Space Jungles of Cattele - This instrumental on this song is the most laid-back so far, with smokey reverberating guitars and twinkling synths over extremely mellow drums. Lyrically the song is as spaced-out as the production, with Onoe Caponoe getting real abstract once again and slowing down his flow to match the relaxed pace of the instrumental. - 3/5

7) Goth Bitches (The Serenade) (featuring Jehst) - This song finds Onoe Caponoe linking up with London rapper Jehst as both emcees kick some incredibly vivid rhymes over bleeping synths and murky drums. Just over four minutes into the song the beat changes up to a beautiful instrumental that is another one of my favorites on the entire project, with Onoe switching gears and including references to rain in his rhymes. This one is fire. - 4.25/5

8) Peace to the Godz (featuring Mother Earth and The Sad Trumpet) - Chemo delivers another dope instrumental on this cut, with some ethereal synths and quirky keyboards that come in during the hook. Lyrically the song is nice as well, with Onoe Caponoe getting a little more serious while still keeping his rhymes infused with space imagery. - 4/5

9) Horse In The Hill (Quadrant) - Sand Castle Master - The beat on this cut features some haunting synths over deep bass, with the vibe of the instrumental staying pretty consistent with most of the others so far. Just over three and a half minutes into the song the beat changes up to have a more playful vibe to it, but it's pretty nice as well. As far as the rhymes go, Onoe Caponoe switches up his flow a bit, but he is still spitting that abstract shit that he is known for. - 3.5/5

10) Under The Bridge - Onoe Caponoe kicks some trippy rhymes over a sort of funky instrumental. The spaced-out feel of the other beats is still present, but it's more subdued and the track has more of a straight hip-hop vibe. The song is really short though, clocking in at just under a minute and a half. - 3/5

11) Paint Your Body Gold - The final song on the album finds Onoe Caponoe spitting some love raps over yet another head nodding instrumental that ends up being one of my favorites on the project. The beat is dope and Onoe rips it. Nice way to close out the album. - 4/5

I'm going to rate the album

3.75 / 5

because there is some really good material on here. The production is consistently spacey throughout the entire project, with Chemo adding layers of ethereal keyboards and atmospheric synthesizers to pretty much every track. You might think that this would get old after a while, but it really doesn't. Instead, it gives the album a very consistent feel, which is rare nowadays when every track on an album is usually produced by a different producer. I have to give props to Chemo for keeping the soundscape consistent and fresh at the same time. As far as the rhymes go, Onoe Caponoe comes correct and spits his signature spaced-out abstract rhymes on every song. His futuristic and eclectic lyrics mesh perfectly with the experimental beats and kept me listening over and over to try to catch everything he was saying. Overall, it's yet another strong release from High Focus Records.


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