Published on April 17th, 2018 | by Tariq Peters0
DOTTY – LONDON X LIVING: A COLLECTION OF SOUNDS (MIXTAPE REVIEW) [@DOTTYLDN]
After a series of hard-hitting freestyles, Dotty makes his official introduction with the release of his debut project ‘London X Living: A Collection Of Sounds’.
We first came across Dotty on the collective compilation album ‘NEW GEN’. Despite being present on one track, his efforts were certainly noticed by advocates of heartfelt UK Rap. He impressed with a no holds barred, no chorus, no bridge affair that showcased his soulful, introspective style.
Amongst the number of talented artists on the project, Dotty stood out as one that would gain momentum and set off on his own using the album feature as a stepping stone to truly show the world what he can do.
The 14-track project offers a well-crafted selection of features from the likes of Bobii Lewis, Shaé, CR BLACKS, Bonkaz, Rukshana Merrise and Charlie Rose. It was quite refreshing to receive a full body of work from Dotty to truly exemplify his journey through his music as he does not oversaturate the project in the slightest.
The project begins with “Gone With The Wind” featuring Charlie Rose as Dotty reintroduces us to his reflective style as he speaks on his dedication to be selfless for his friends and family despite risking his freedom on the roads and the life lessons he learned along the way.
This is followed by “Escape” featuring Rukshana Merrise which gives us more of an insight into his life and his determination to succeed. Notable lines include: “I’m putting chains on my neck, want to keep up with the rest/ Six bill trainers, should of put that in my daughter’s bank account”.
“Bless” is surprisingly more up-tempo as Dotty proves that he can switch up his style and make music for his fans and supporters to turn up to. We get offered a similar vibe in “Gas” featuring Bonkaz, the gritty track speaks on the glamorous side of London living as we get a day in the life of Dotty on the road to the riches.
Dotty presented the sentimental track “Beautiful” featuring Bobii Lewis last year and the track remains as one of the sincerest pieces of music we have heard from a UK artist. Dotty takes a moment to speak on the lack of confidence and insecurities some women face in this social media era and the importance of seeing beauty in our imperfections.
Dotty opens up on the transition he had to make for himself in “Change Up”. The track ventures into the darker times of Dotty as he struggled to make ends meet. the track breaks into an epic guitar riff as Dotty continues to tackle the home truths which adds to the intensity of the track.
Dotty is joined by soul singer Shaé for “Rollercoaster Love” a standout, mesmerizing track based on the ups and downs of a relationship. Dotty opens the narrative of a man continuously doing the wrong thing whilst hurting the person he cares about the most.
The project concludes with a final sentiment with “Back To Reality”. Dotty ends the project with nothing left unsaid as he speaks on various areas in his life and the hardships he once faced including the death of his brother and not knowing he had a son until the age of 18.
‘London X Living: A Collection Of Sounds’ is a strong introductory project and invites genuine lovers of good music to embrace the sonically pleasing playlist for its varied subject matter and its relatable coming of age theme.
The project lives up to its name offering a versatile project that celebrates the triumph of Dotty and the trials and tribulations he faced living in the concrete jungle of London.
We get a well-rounded scope of Dotty and his life experiences which makes this project honest and compelling for the listener. We must commend Dotty for a remarkable debut as it just goes to show that real Rap is here to stay.
Favourite Track: Change Up
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