SOUL GLO – Diaspora Problems (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 39:15 minutes | 534 MB | Genre: Punk, Hardcore
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Epitaph
If you’re a hardcore punk music listener person guy dude like me, chances are the word heavy has lost all meaning to you. Riff-hardened specimens such as us aren’t easily wooed by puny chugga-chuggas or pathetic do-dun-do-dun-do-reeee-reeees. We are (evidently) real men (grr). You can imagine my surprise, then, pressing play on Diaspora Problems and having my undersized, overcompensated man-testes ripped clean off. The culprit, blade and balls in hand: SOUL GLO.
Surprisingly, the Philly 4-piece’s 6-year-in-the-making Epitaph debut contains none of the breakdowns, killswitch gimmickry or brickwalled production with which one would usually satiate a neanderthal of my inclinations. Instead, Diaspora Problems is filled to the fucking brim with heart and soul. Every single second of every single minute of every single single on this stonker of an LP bleeds an impossible, intoxicating energy, the group converting the violent reverberations of hXc, skramz and hip-hop into a giddy blur of flailing limbs and unfading grins that may well be my album of the year.
Each old-school riff and meaty cymbal crash feels weighty and intentional, like smashing a brick into your neighbour’s fuckhead face after they accidentally trimmed your prized petunias, again (bastard). The same goes for Pierce Jordan’s breathless vocals, breathtaking in his unique mangled melding of screeching and spitting – his garbled, rapid-fire stanzas sporting the catchy cadence of a rap verse despite being barked with enough decibels to trigger a tsunami. The chameleonic rhythm work of GG and TJ provides essential scaffolding for these lyrical acrobatics, propelling Jordan’s inaudible musings on the ugly state of things that, for once, actually deserve the genius.com read-along treatment.
The riotous result is entirely unintelligible, yet immaculate in its construction. Nothing here is superfluous, accidental or left to chance, each pulsating movement hitting like an iron fist in a velvet glove. You’ll find your head bobbing and toes tapping despite the audial onslaught, as the band pile on flourishes of brass (“Thumbsucker”) and full-blown freestyles (“Driponomics”), adding generous dabs of orange and purple to an otherwise desolate soundscape. Some delightfully breathable production seals the deal, the sonic assault sounding as if it were conceived and tracked in a derelict warehouse rather than a soundproof booth because, well, it was (how punk is that?!).
The sum total of their 2022 opus is a straight upgrade to SOUL GLO’s already brilliant back catalog, bursting with scorching new takes on old ideas and enough spirit and passion to set the entire scene ablaze. However, don’t take my word for it – I’m just some feckless sod, bleeding out onto the carpet, nuts forcibly extracted from his being. See for yourself. Listen to Diaspora Problems. The (un)orthodox cult of punk eunuchs is now accepting new members – don’t delay!
1. SOUL GLO – Gold Chain Punk (whogonbeatmyass?) (03:47)
3. SOUL GLO – Thumbsucker (02:01)
4. SOUL GLO – Fucked Up If True (03:11)
5. SOUL GLO – Jump!! (Or Get Jumped!!!)((by the future)) (03:26)
6. SOUL GLO – Driponomics (feat. Mother Maryrose) (02:49)
7. SOUL GLO – (Five Years And) My Family (02:50)
8. SOUL GLO – The Thangs I Carry (feat. BEARCAT) (03:16)
9. SOUL GLO – We Wants Revenge (02:23)
10. SOUL GLO – John J (feat. Kathryn Edwards and Zula Wildheart) (04:30)
11. SOUL GLO – GODBLESSYALLREALGOOD (03:00)
12. SOUL GLO – Spiritual Level Of Gang Shit (feat. McKinley Dixon and Lojii) (04:53)
2. SOUL GLO – Coming Correct Is Cheaper (03:04)