SB.TV Ones To Watch: Verbal Contact

When Leeds-based hip hop super crew Northern Hostility came to it’s natural conclusion a few years ago, its founder Matter along with fellow MC, Prys, and producer Sonar Cousin weren’t ready to give in. Bored of the boom bap sound that had dominated the UK underground scene for a long time, they formed Verbal Contact, a trio that pride themselves in their creativity and unique sound…

Having originally been drawn to rap by listening to classic US artists along the lines of Biggie, Big L, Company Flow, Juggaknots, Beat Junkies, Eminem, Wu-Tang Clan, the trio have become well known in their local area both as a crew and individuals, with Matter gaining notoriety from the battle scene (particularly his ‘Don’t Flop’ team-up with Lunar C against Eddie P and Frisko), Prys as part of Defender’s Of Style and Sonar Cousin producing for fellow Leeds-based rapper Chief Wigz. The group are also known for heavily championing the West Yorkshire movement, which has been building a strong following over the past couple of years with Frankie Boyle even Tweeting that he was a fan.

As a trio, the foundational interest in the pure hip hop sound is still very much present, however with the group not wanting to get caught up too much in the past, their love of new school acts such as like A$AP, Schoolboy Q, Flatbush Zombies, Roach Gigz and Smoke DZA has started to emerge in their sound, with heavy 808’s present across most of the production and a transcendent dark yet ethereal feel behind tracks such as breakthrough underground hits like Deteste, and the Lunar C featured Get Got. The mash up of both sounds creates something that sounds very compelling and unique.

With a debut album set for release on December 15th entitled, Blue In The Face (which they tell us refers to shouting at the world and demanding better, which they do in their own subtle and chilled out way) they’re about to set up for a great 2013, with more videos and a remix EP in the works including work from Wizard, Distinction, Northern Lights and Jack Danz. Aside from that they are set to continue pushing the ever-expanding West Yorkshire movement with new solo projects in the works.

Words by Grant Brydon
Edited by Natalia