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Soulico- Exotic On The Speaker

October 18, 2009
Soulico- Exotic On The Speaker

Written By: Victoria Hill
(Urban/Pop Editor)

Label: JDub Records – Rating:

In the past 30 years or so, Hip-Hop has grown from the streets of New York to become an international cultural phenomenon, with influences stemming from rock, pop, country, Indian and Middle Eastern music.

I had the opportunity to listen to an up-and-coming DJ crew from Tel Aviv called Soulico. DJ Sabbo, Rob, Shimmy Sonic and Wido had success spinning records as solo DJ’s, but they decided to come together, combining their skills to become a premier live act.

Soulico released three mixtapes to critical acclaim and has now released their first album, “Exotic On The Speaker.” The album combines hip-hop, reggae, dance hall, Jewish/Israeli folk music and disco, and features some of the best MC’s in Hip-Hop: Ghostface Killah from Wu-Tang, Del The Funkee Homosapien, Lyrics Born, and Rye Rye (M.I.A’s protégé).

“El Nur” featuring Ghostface Killah is energetic and is a great start for the album. “Queen Of Hearts” is just pure dancehall fun and “Politrix” with Del The Funkee Homosapien is a robotic electronic track. I felt that even though there are a lot of guest artists on the album, Soulico still stands out; this can be hard, especially when going up against a hip-hop legend like Ghostface Killah, but they pull it off well.

The mix of Arabic and Hebrew with rap is not new, but Soulico has a genuine respect for hip-hop, and they seamlessly blend so many styles together without sounding cluttered. The ambition and drive that Soulico displays is refreshing, and as I have been saying in many of my rap reviews this year, I love how hip-hop is expanding into in territories and becoming more experimental. Soulico has a bright career ahead of them and “Exotic On The Speaker” a perfect description of what the crew is.

Soulico – Block Of Rock… Or Rap

October 10, 2009

Soulico’s new record Exotic on the Speaker is out now!

The record, a brilliant mix of Middle Eastern sounds and Western hip hop style, features guest appearances by:
Del the Funkee Homosapien
Rye Rye, Tomer Yosef (Balkan Beat Box)
Lyrics Born
Pigeon John… and more.

Download “Put ‘Em Up (with Pigeon John)
Download “Exotic on the Speaker (with Rye Rye)
Download “Queen of Hearts (with MC Zulu)
Download “SOS (With Lyrics Born & Ceci Bastida)

MP3’s Courtesy of Jdub Records

Soulico Singles feat. Lyrics Born and Pigeon John

July 14, 2009

Download This! – “SOS” featuring Pigeon John and Ceci Bastida –

Jdub Records presents the upcoming September 29th release of Soulico’s first full-length LP “Exotic on the Speaker.”

The album comes from Israeli turntable wizards Soulico, a collection of Tel Aviv’s most notorious DJs: Sabbo, Rob, Shimmy Sonic and Wido. The group rocks beats that masterfully fuse hip hop, reggae and dancehall to Israeli folk and disco from the 1970’s. Be aware, Soulico doesn’t produce mere mashups! Instead, they bring a truly different sound and attitude to the style, making them a welcome addition to the likes of dance-floor favorites like N.A.S.A, Major Lazer and The Rub Crew

Check out Soulico on Myspace