Album: Bashment Trap House
Release Date: January 31, 2020
Bashment Trap House is the newest album from Toronto based artist, Lexxicon.
Bashment Trap House is built from the ground up to make you move. Every song has a baseline of a thick consistent tempo, to which Lexxicon layers on synths, kick drums, piano and steel drums. The showpiece of the album, though, is certainly the breadth of Lexxicon’s vocal stylings as he switches casually between dancehall patois, smooth R&B vocals, and impressively fast rap stylings. This diversity in style makes sense from an artist that was born in Jamaica, lived in both England and America before settling in Canada. Lexxicon’s global influences can be easily heard in his work making for a richly layered sound.
Standout tracks for me were “Lucky Lucky” and “Booyaka Booyaka”. For the track “Lucky Lucky”, Lexxicon mixes sung lines from traditional wedding vows with rap lyrics about how much he feels deeply for his partner and lucky to even be near them. I’m always a sucker for rap songs that are about positivity, of which this album has many, but especially positivity in relationships — the smooth hook and bouncing beat certainly help as well. I could easily see adding this song to a wedding playlist.
The track “Booyaka Booyaka” on the other hand is pure dance. is a track. Using a high bpm that is next to impossible to keep your hips still while listing, Lexxicon mixes in guest male and female rap artists who contribute greatly to the body-popping melody. This song wouldn’t be out of place in your marathon running playlist.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.