Fliptrix “Third Eye of the Storm” Review

Fliptrix - 'Third Eye Of The Storm' Album Cover

Where do you go next when you’re the head of an independent label, which has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, thanks to a crazy amount of solid releases and live shows? Well if you’re Fliptrix – head honcho of High Focus Records – you get yourself in the studio and throw down some of your tightest lyrics yet, to create your third album “Third Eye of the Storm”.
It’s been two years since Fliptrix dropped his second album “Theory of Rhyme”, which is arguably the release that threw him and his label into the foreground of the UK scene. As you’d expect, his style and sound has developed and matured during that two year gap, resulting in probably his most accomplished album yet.
As usual with Fliptrix’s albums, the production credits feature a list of established UK producers – Chemo, Jon Phonics, 184, Naive etc. – peppered with up-and-comers, like Kontigo and Extrateless. The last on that list actually produces one of my favourite tracks from the album, “Soundscapes” which features UK vet Farma G. Other highlights for me would have to be “Frontline Terror”, which features a dope beat from Dillijence and Runone, as well as three of the tightest verses, from Fliptrix, Ramson Badbonez and Jam Baxter.
I’m also a big fan of the Jon Phonics produced “Me Against the World”, which has Fliptrix dropping some of his trademark conscious bars, laced with the wordplay, that has got him the following he has today. Same goes for “Nothing is Quite as it Seems” featuring Verb T, but then whenever those two are on the same track it’s usually a winner. That track also samples the sublime Galt MacDermot piece “Coffee Cold”, which was of course also used by Handsome Boy Modelling School on “The Truth”. I have to say that both tracks do the original just as much justice, so props to Runone and Drunken Master for making it tight.
Not many HF cameos on the album, aside from the Verb T and Jam Baxter features, but there are guest verses from Jehst and Buggsy, as well as the others I mentioned already. The Buggsy verse was a nice surprise for me, especially with the reggae tinged beat from Chemo to back it up.
To be honest, Fliptrix could do a whole album with no guest verses and it would be just as good. The strength of his music lies within his love for the art and his attitude towards his creative process, not with the people he surrounds himself with. And that is the classic sign of longevity, so expect to hear more and more quality sound coming from South of the river.
You can buy “Third Eye of the Storm” now from High-Focus.com and if you’re quick, you can cop the double gatefold ltd. edition vinyl.

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