Rafael Vigilantics – Exit Here (produced by SMOKE M2D6)

On the track, eerie guitar tones do great to establish a captivating soundscape in the first minute, with a smooth and precise vocal delivery reminding of Aesop. The “two shots down” bridge journeys cohesively into a hook-y chorus. A brass-laden bridge emerges thereafter, adding some effectivelate-night vibes. Overall, this is a captivating effort that’s structurally adventurous enough to captivate, injecting elements like brass to distinguish strongly.

The consuming structure, top-notch production, and effective hook combine for a solid track from Rafael Vigilantics, who has an LP with Blank City Records that is set to be released mid-April.

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Rafael Vigilantics has put in the hard work and the hard times and I’ll be damned if it doesn’t show him come thru the other side to light up for us. His lyrics sound more like a confession then a hip-hop song. His music sounds more like an ominous war-drum than a rap track. His cadence more like a motorcycle ride thru the desert than a steady flow. His tone is fierce yet pleading. Think Iggy Pop forces Roy Orbison to rap at gunpoint while Bukowski watches. If you like P.O.S and Aesop Rock chances are you’ll like Rafael Vigilantics.

Rafael is self-described as “the noise before the sound” and “SEARCH-AND-DESTROY-HIP-HOP.”

Listen to his title track “Unforgiven” from “The Orgasm of a Ghost” for a good taste of murder and the bad life sung to a drunken blues swagger. Listen to the punk-rooted anthem “Still Fighting” from his first record “Bury Me Standing” to hear how he spent his years between the railroad tracks and the wrecking ball. Listen to “The Darkness” from his newest release “The Spade Tapes” and you will find yourself in a circus full of love, drugs and kidnappings in Mexico. Whatever you do just make sure you really listen. There’s a lot of story here and its a heartfelt worthwhile ride.

His soon to be released record “The Spade Tapes” has us anticipating what happens next. He started recording it in Austin, fled to Portland, and is now posting bail in LA, a trifecta sure not to fail. Featuring artists such as Onry Ozzborn, Luck-One and Mic Crenshaw. Lets see what direction this all goes, Im guessing true north.


Rafael Vigilantics

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