Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, summer 2013 sees Bristol-based rapper Mistafire ready to take flight. Formerly one half of acclaimed hip hop crew Se Fire, he is now back from a self-imposed hiatus armed with an energetic yet heartfelt solo show, and a bag of new material to showcase.
Fans of his previous work with Se Fire, namely the well-regarded 2012 album ‘Match In The Ocean’, will need no introduction to the lyrical depth and passionate delivery of the Welsh born but long time Bristol resident. But that’s only half the story. Mistafire is also an accomplished veteran of the nightclub and festival circuit – as support slots for the likes of The Roots and De La Soul with his previous outfit attest to. As well as this, he can boast of regular features on stage with luminaries such as Babyhead and Interface.
After years fine tuning his craft in the studio and club, he’s now ready to unleash his new live show. Featuring live sampling and fx, and backed by turntablist DJ Calleja and long time collaborator Enzo on the drums, Mistafire’s performances sit comfortably in the grey area between hip hop, dub, and drum & bass – but there’s nothing grey about this! The potent blend of powerfully conscious lyricism, and gut-wrenchingly deep basslines, take the listener through the full gamut of emotions effortlessly, and transfers easily from the smallest to the biggest of stages.
The fuel for the fire on stage comes from the forthcoming ‘ConDemNation’ EP – all underpinned by Mistafire’s wordplay, the production reflects the myriad sides of this complex character. From dubbed out political laments alongside festival stalwarts Only Joe, racous collaborations with all conquering Bristol hip hoppers Split Prophets, all the way through to two Interface produced monsters which bridge the gap between traditional UK hip hop stylings and the energy of the rowdiest tear out DnB. An accomplished debut solo offering from an artist ready to emerge to a next level
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