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If you ever needed proof that hip-hop was today's most innovative and diverse genre, then Allan Kingdom's Future Memoirs EP might be it. When Chance The Rapper is the closest soundalike then you can be assured that this is a brilliantly unique product of a post-internet generation. With a bandcamp back catalogue and a solid work ethic, Allan Kingdom's Future Memoirs EP is one of the year's most exciting and unique hip-hop releases.

Opening with a cloud rap style beat with echoey drum shots in the background, arrhythmic synths pop up and a pitched-down A$AP Rocky vocal is teased during the intro before Kingdom jumps in with his eccentric and quirky delivery. It's a great opening track which showcases the overall tone of the EP. 'Moderation' follows and is just as strong as the opener with a more conventional beat than 'Souls'. Its dark beat continues to employ arrhythmic elements but they are tied together with Allan Kingdom's voice. It's a short track but the sentiment sticks: "I can't measure up to your qualifications/ I can get enough, I'll take you in moderation."

'Wavey' (ft. Spooky Black) is another laid-back track that further enforces the unique style found at the start of the EP. Kingdom's raspy falsetto over the chilled out lazy synths makes for a brilliant catchy song with the hook ("I know what I meant for you/ That's why I'm gettin' so bent for you...wavey, wavey") a sure fire contender for 'lyric-to-be-stuck-in-your-head-all-day'.

Lead single 'Evergreens' was co-produced by Plain Pat, a man who worked with Kanye West and Kid Cudi early on in their careers and has a production credit on the incredible 'Monster' from Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The skipping beat jumps along as a flute pipes out a few notes, before Allan Kingdom jumps in with a quick-fire flow as the track jumps along. Later on bells chime along as an orchestral synth stabs in the background; you really won't hear another release this year as bold and fresh sounding as Future Memoirs. The video for 'Evergreens' is similarly hypnotic and charming.

'Positive' has a more traditional beat as Kingdom wonders if he is "being too positive?" - but at 4:49 in length, I can help but feel that this track might've worked better as a one or two minute interlude between two big tracks. 'Etiquette' follows and at only 1:25, it's precisely the sort of length 'Positive' should have been - although this track's beat has an interesting 8bit high-pitch synth which works really nicely when paired with a lower vocal from Kingdom. It's another track which enforces the real uniqueness and personality in the EP; for such a young artist it's incredible to have this much freshness in an early release.

The closest soundalike to Allan Kingdom is probably 2013's breakout star Chance The Rapper, with his cartoony flow and ability to mix up vocal style, Allan Kingdom possesses the same useful tools and youthful exuberance as the Chicagoan although he lacks some of Chance's lyrical prowess. 'Work Me Over' sees Kingdom at his most Chance-y in vocal style with his over-the-top inflections and delivery. 'Context' could also be a Chance The Rapper track in disguise. Aa chilled-out beat - which sounds a lot like the intro chords to Ben Khan's 'Youth' - provide the backing for Kingdom to reflect on his life and how people refuse to acknowledge his achievements: "If you're ignoring all my progress/ Then you get me when I tell you my worth." This would have been a nice ending to the EP, but 'Damn and 'Observe' are seemingly tacked onto the end. It's a real shame as they seem to be nothing more than a weak sex track and an uninteresting "look what I do for my city" song which ends abruptly. They don't fit the tone of the EP lyrically even if the instrumentals are solid with the background knocks of 'Observe' sounding like the beat to FKA twigs 'Water Me'.

Despite the disappointing final two tracks, this EP is still incredibly solid for a young artist. The EP's extra length can be put down to youthful enthusiasm, but it's that same energy which makes the rest of the release so enthralling and exciting. The instrumentals are so far from the standard beats you hear on hundreds of other mixtapes and that has to be applauded. Also, how many rappers' beats could you compare to Ben Khan and FKA Twigs? Not many. Having already supported Flatbush Zombies, worked with Project Pat and caught the eye of Nas' Mass Appeal label, the fantastic Future Memoirs EP will be sure to turn heads and generate interest in the man from Minneapolis.

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