Nomadic figure Jaxxon D. Silva links up once again with underground favourite Jesse James Solomon on the chilling, pensive and cerebral ‘Blood on the Floor’. Following on from ’No Lie’, the Skepta produced single released earlier this summer, the pair once again stake their claim with thoughtful, provoking lyricism, melodic, nimble flows and sparring, impulsive delivery.
Instrumentally, the track is simple and hypnotic, with a translucent, chopped up synth sample droning away throughout, supported by a flowing percussion section and subby bass. Both artists offer up a hook and a verse, with Jaxxon’s more euphonic approach blending well with the leisurely nuanced delivery of Solomon. Showcasing his usual wide variety of flows, Jesse brings great emotional depth and character to the track, discussing societal and personal expectation and perspective, while reminiscing on childhood dreams and vulnerabilities. Jaxxon’s verse is similarly compelling, offering an in-depth look at the psyche behind his striking persona.
Blood on the Floor is a moody and creative piece of music, that feels like the enigmatic artists allowing their guard down to an extent. The work rate of both artists is commendable, especially Jesse who seems to be constantly releasing at the moment, much to my happiness. If these guys keep it up, they’ll be up with the big names soon enough.