Skyrptcha’s second album bursts out of the gates like an excitable beast in the throes of a quarter life crisis.
If the album cover and title wasn’t giving it away, the young wordsmith has been thinking a lot – about his family, his future, his burgeoning career – and the result is an album that sounds both wild and focussed.
Opener ‘Graduation’ recalls the day Skryptcha graduated from university (with a journalism degree, so I guess we’re ‘Bachelor Buddies’ or something) and, while slightly lamenting its uselessness thus far, considers the path he now follows. Unsurprisingly, there are few regrets. The song is also home to the first of many formidable beats crafted by Brooklyn producer Illmind.
Sleek and slinky, the album hooks are designed as party starters and samples range from the familiar (David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ on ‘Edge Of The World’) to the obscure (the soulful squealing hook on ‘Dance’).
The cast of guests – including Rachel Berry and Obese Records label-mates Spit Syndicate and Illy – bring their A game, but this is definitely Skryptcha’s album.
He starts out confused, but by the album closers ‘Goodnight’ and ‘My Way’, it’s clear the Sydney-based rapper knows what he’s doing.