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Reviewed by David Patterson

Justice Peace Emerald: Solar EP

Reviewed by David Patterson

Justice Peace Emerald: Solar EP

Justice Peace Emerald‘s music will relate to Kiwi audiences with its references to the great outdoors. The production is stripped back to a few instruments and as such gives a certain organic sound. Rapper Emerald MacGill‘s lyrical content is very real, down to earth and refreshing, while Jackie Papuni, aka Justice Peace, is a reggae producer and there is a strong reggae influence evident. It is very interesting as a collaboration as this doesn’t sound like regular hip hop. The music is soulful and natural, sounding more like something folk music fans would play. It’s like folk hop, creating images of sun drenched beaches and native forests – bringing to mind memories of Takaka and Golden Bay, Nelson and good times in the early 2000s. ‘You couldn’t have figured it, before we fell asleep with our fingers interlocked you idiot?’ (from CIGs) is a good example of how Emerald’s songwriting is skilful, funny and paints vivid pictures of relatable situations. As a backdrop Justice Peace is perfect. This is music to vibe out to on a beautiful summers day. Spin it for some positive vibrations.