Melbourne hip-hop artist, Jordan Dennis unveiled his newest ‘HDMI2’ EP last week via his eponymous label imprint with The Orchard and The Operatives. Featuring the production hands of JUJO and Tentendo, the EP showcases Dennis’ impressive musical range, from slick, rapid-fire rhymes to effortless R&B vocals.
‘HDMI2’ perfectly captures Dennis’ prolific talents and leaves no doubt of the MC’s unmatched skill in conquering a multi-genre soundscape. With a whisper and punching beat drop, 2AM opens the EP donning the versatility and wit that oozes throughout the collection. Shades Of U continues Dennis’ rap-sung hybrids in perfect and playful precision, before the serene and contagious Eatin’ arrives with a cheerful flourish of keys and a soul-heavy hook, acting as a love lullaby. The EP’s current single, Elon Must steps up next to pair off-centre and bubbly production with Dennis’ raspy and cleverly cheeky raps. The track has also received a video treatment, piecing together animated clips and footage sourced from the internet’s depths.
Prior single Hokus Pokus sits over the ‘HDMI2’ halfway mark, as a low-end booming beat and trumpet hook herald more quick-witted verses and a sing-along chorus from Dennis. Way Up soon presents an icier mood on the EP, as darker synths and a plucked bassline whips together a sharper, party-ready hit. Next, New Kit builds upon the serious side of Dennis as a flutey motif sits above his introspective raps, before Everybody Loves Ray sees Dennis’ spitfire flows dart around a steady percussive beat and subtle keys, telling a tumultuous story of love in life. EP closer Mirrors takes the curtain with more of Dennis’ enlightened statements, as a warm and textured piano accompanies his semi-sung lines of heartfelt sentiment.
Jordan Dennis says of the ‘HDMI2’ EP: “HDMI2 is an amalgamation of tracks that continue what has become for me a Jordan Dennis type multiverse. Where HDMI1 was localised to planet earth, HDMI2 is like watching inter-dimensional cable where the access to shows spans any universe, planet or dimension and every track sets a new scene.”
The release of ‘HDMI2’ confirms an accomplished 2020 for Dennis after receiving widespread praise from tastemakers and radio for recent EP single Hokus Pokus, as well as earlier favourites Doc Marty and The Link – the latter of which included an accompanying video shot in isolation and directed by Japanese director, Kensaku Kakimoto (Film Reaktor). The EP arrives as the follow-up body of work to last year’s debut EP ‘HDM1’ which pulsed with lyrical aptitude, unmatched melody and precision-cut wordplay in a 6-track testament to timeless hip-hop sound. Beyond his solo efforts, Dennis has jumped on tracks by POLOSHIRT, 3K, ThatKidMaz, Dugong Jr, Tentendo, alongside his ongoing work with Billy Davis.
On the stage, Dennis consistently delivers a contagious presence witnessed across festival appearances at St. Jerome’s Laneway, Let Them Eat Cake and NYE on the Hill, as well as in support of Baker Boy, Winston Surfshirt, Mr Carmack, Joe Kay, TOKiMONSTA, Arno Faraji, Blackalicious and more. Keeping in the company of greatness, Dennis has also injected his shockwave spirit into the triple j Like A Version studio on multiple occasions, with guest spot features alongside GoldLink and most recently with his own original verse on Tones And I’s rendition of Forever Young.
High-spirited and invigorating, ‘HDMI2’ sees Jordan Dennis masterfully finesse smooth half-sung raps, and fast-paced deliveries to share his brightest and most revealing body of work yet. Listen today to the fast-rising hip-hop talent as he pushes himself to new and sunny heights.
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