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Coptic Soldier - The Sound of Wings 2: Acoustic (2011 EP)

Simply put, Coptic Soldier AKA Luke Girgis is one of the most promising acts in Australian hip-hop and “The Sound of Wings 2 EP” proves his worth. As candid as can be, Coptic Soldier’s offerings brag excellent, artistic interpretations of some of his previous recordings. Bringing folk, jazz and soul influences into this EP, Girgis succeeds at demonstrating the versatility of Australian hip-hop.

Opener “Liquid Company” features some great saxophone playing as Aussie singer, Jon Reichardt, pours his soul into the hook and Girgis’ bottomless raps about alcohol abuse leave a mark. Following track, ‘I Hate Sleep,’ is a clever narrative about escapism over some excellent percussion while the infectious hook demands a sing-a-long.

’Why Suffer’ serves as a showcase for both Coptic Soldier and Jon Reichardt and is the perfect blend of soul and folk, the same can be said for ‘No More Waiting’ which features Girgis, Reichardt and a fired-up Phatchance displaying their refined sound.

However, it is closer ’Fight For the Fame’ which leaves the biggest impression and best displays just how raw Coptic Soldier’s poetry can be. An entertaining story about Girgis’ experience with his progressive career, the track shows a certain maturity that most rappers never communicate. Again, Reichardt is on hook duties and shines as his resounding voice, combined with some haunting keyboard work, add to the intensity of the song.

The only ’bad’ things about ’The Sound of Wings 2’ are that it doesn’t include more songs and the issues dealt with remain similar throughout, but these are small grievances considering how great this EP is. The value of this disc is added to by the inclusion of Phatchance’s brilliant ‘Inkstains: Acoustic’ EP making this package a must for not only any fan of Australian hip-hop but any fan of good music.

Review Score: 9/10