Presenting “The Cabin Fever EP” – the long-awaited first instalment of Carpetface, the award-winning London rapper, producer and songwriter whose eclectic new EP series “FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES”.
As produced in collaboration with French beat smith DJAR ONE (of Beats House Records), The Cabin Fever EP is a brutally honest 7-track depiction of a single dad’s struggle to keep it together under 2020 lockdown, stuck in an isolated cabin missing fun and funerals as the world outside goes nuts.
DJAR ONE’s jazz-heavy, head-nod boom bap production sets a smoky scene for Carpetface’s unrelenting, often disturbing, yet highly relatable maze of mood-swings. Despite the painful subject-matter, the EP brims with tongue-twisting lyrical dexterity, filthy fun-poking and pure Hip Hop guts. The end result is a deceptively enjoyable experience that misdirects the listener to a place of anguish and back, with an underlying theme of perseverance in the face of adversity throughout.
Following Nina Simone’s mantra “an artist’s duty is to reflect the times”, while remaining deeply personal, the new EP is also a call to spiritual arms in the global battle against racism, corruption and police/state brutality, at one of the most divisive and alarming periods in human history.
Lead singles from the EP include ‘Secret Formula’, a dark, brooding track about facing demons with one bad trip of a music video which you can see below. The heavily shadow-banned “Def Definition (No One Can Breathe)” was released in July and was censored due to depictions of police brutality, despite being a fundraiser for #StopHateUK and condemning unlawful violence.
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