Hip-hop producer Wovensound has brought together Singapore rapper Ihasamic! and Vietnamese-Australian hip hop artist Joey Maker for his latest single, “No Road Home”, released under international record label, Umami Records.
“No Road Home” is an eclectic blend of old school hip-hop beats, haunting piano chords, conscious rapping, and even a suave guitar solo. In terms of creative inspiration, Wovensound cited Immortal Technique’s “Dance With The Devil” as the track responsible for laying the preliminary touches of his latest collab song. “I wanted a beat that felt that way and brought out that kind of vibe and emotion in people”, said Wovensound.
The lyrics of “No Road Home” tell a cautionary tale of flexing and lying for short-lived clout, and suffering the consequences after. Joey Maker shares, “My writing was inspired by the stories of some of my close family and childhood friends - kids I used to see weekly as I went through high school but have lost contact with since adulthood. Growing up amongst the Australian-born Vietnamese community, there was always a mystique and a lure - even an idea of status - associated with gang culture. We idolised triad movies like Young and Dangerous and looked up to Sydney gangs as much as we feared them. Unfortunately, some of the kids I grew up with got caught up in the image - the image became their reality, and they never made it back. I still think about them today.”
“No Road Home” is the second single of Wovensound’s 6-track debut EP Vertigos Fulfilled, dropping in June 2021. Wovensound and Ihasamic! will also be releasing their 4-track collaborative EP REPACK in early 2021.
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“I met Joey Maker almost 3 years ago while I was interning in a studio in melbourne, he came by with fellow rapper Clue to record and mix a track and we hit it off. He is a stellar dude and they were making an awesome track.
But back then I was still making metal music so working with him didn't really cross my mind till this year when I started delving into hip hop. I hit him up to see if he was interested and sent him the beat. He came back with his verse and the hook he recorded in Aussie and the song just grew from there.
When I first heard that hook I was like DAMN. We have something here hahaha. I managed to convince Ihasamic to get in on the 2nd verse. Once I had these 2 stellar spitters on the song I just felt like having a guitar solo to end it off might be the perfect thing, so I hit up Hasyir Ibrahim to finish it off, and boy did he do it. That guy is a John Mayer Incarnate if there ever was one! Look out for the solo on the track.
This song is special to me because it’s also my first overseas collaboration.”
Listen to No Road Home via Umami Records:
Singapore hip-hop producer Wovensound weaves his love for music with other artists, collaborating extensively and producing something unique every time.
Wovensound AKA Vinod Dass is also a veteran of Singapore’s underground metal scene, playing guitar in various bands including Truth Be Known and Mucus Mortuary. He decided to establish this moniker in order to pay tribute to his love for other forms of music, mainly hip hop and rap.
Wovensound’s 6-track debut EP Vertigos Fulfilled drops in June 2021.
About Umami Records
Umami Records is a Singapore-based indie record label founded in 2013. Much like the “5th taste” reputation of its namesake, the label strongly believes in discovering new, interesting sounds that run underground and away from the mainstream. The label’s tight-knit, curated roster includes releases from Linying, The Steve McQueens, brb., Evanturetime, CampFire, Martin Baltser, Phoria, Oriental Cravings, and more.