Ill Sykes – The Chronicles Of Nefaeria Vol.1 (EP) [Weaponzie Records]
Ill Sykes’ latest EP, The Chronicles Of Nefaeria, (his first on vinyl) leads us on a hazardous ‘Black Mirror’ journey through the land of Nefaeria – a fantastical urban sprawl juxtaposed with modern-day London.
Across seven tracks with a run time of more than 30 minutes, Sykes – joined by Bxrbarian, C.O.N-Vers, Jibbarish, King Kakarot, Lomax, Charles Sagan, and Tesla’s Ghost, projects a nightmarish metropolis of boiling rivers and tower blocks leaking toxic waste from drainpipes. A place populated by thieves, snitches, and drug dealers as equally unsavoury as the crooked politicians in charge. We are reminded of both the small and big issues that weave a web around our convoluted everyday lives. Sykes, effortlessly guided by Relense’s atmospheric production, leaves an indelible mark like a graffiti writer’s ink mop and delivers a nightmarish soundtrack to a UK in crisis.