Boomkat Product Review:
Dextrous Italian rapper Franco Franco teams up with Young Echo's O$VMV$M on "Solo Fiori", a collapsible set of incisive rhymes and blasted-earth blunt fried backdrops that burn between thru Tricky-strength psychedelic moods and inverted Screw tape sludge..
You don't have to have a degree in Italian to soak up the sunlight on Franco Franco's debut solo LP. The rapper was last spotted collaborating with Kinlaw on the Avon Terror Corps-released "Mezzi Umani Mezze Macchine", but is now able to help realize a more personal musical vision, with help from O$VMV$M, the Bristol-based trio of Amos Childs, Neek and Sam Barrett. Franco moved to Bristol after obsessing over the city's music scene from afar, and immediately immersed himself in local culture; on "Solo Fiori" he delivers tongue-twisting lines with a snarling cadence, spooling his words across half-speed beats that embody the West Country city's green-hued musical legacy.
While Franco's work with Avon Terror Corps looked towards a cybernetic future, dragging ideas from Death Grips and Deli Girls, "Solo Fiori" sounds rooted in Bristol's foggy British eccentricity. There's a hip-hop backbone no doubt (you can hear traces of everyone from Outkast to Tommy Wright III in O$VMV$M's chunky productions) but none of these tracks every lapse into simple repetition. Even the most overtly throwback moments - like the rattly 'Apatia' - are offset by knowing creepiness, with beatbox thumps replaced by chain jangles and melodic strums interspersed with guttural samples.