EXPLORES NEW SONIC TERRITORIES IN IMMERSIVE NEW TRACK ‘CODEINE ON THE ROCKS’
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With the release of his debut EP, ‘The Last Train To Trapan’, a sold out show, and an unprecedented performance to a packed out crowd on the main stage at Wireless Festival, 2018 was Manchester rapper Just Banco’s breakout year. With brand new single ‘Codeine On The Rocks’, Just Banco looks set to redefine his sound, bringing to the fore a more contemplative, immersive sonic palette.
Exploring themes of intoxication as a means of escapism, Just Banco traverses a spacious beat with a sparse flow. A slowed and throwed ode to substance related catharsis, Just Banco delves deeper into his melodic side, creating a track rich with harmony and texture and providing a sonically sophisticated soundscape under the lens of contemporary hip hop. Written and directed by Just Banco himself, the track’s video finds Banco struggling to find the balance between real life and fantasy, splicing surreal visual elements with technicolour shots of local surroundings; visually representing the blur that embodies pure euphoria.
Already announced to play Reading and Leeds as well as a special hometown festival set at Manchester’s Parklife, 2019 is set to be the year Just Banco transcends his ‘hometown hero’ status to take his sound worldwide. With ‘Codeine On The Rocks’, Just Banco consolidates his status as an artist willing to fuses elements of rap on both sides of the Atlantic with devastating effect. With a host of new music to come over the next 12 months, now’s the time for one of UK urban music’s true modern innovators to take flight.