NEWARK are an explosive and innovative hip-hop duo from the Netherlands. Currently Rotterdam based, two multi-faceted artists Wessel Slager and Zep Barnasconi together create soundscapes that differentiate from the everyday. Their name stands for ‘alternative languid hip-hop music’, and this is certainly what this creative pair bring to the table. With a plethora of material at the ready, they have performed up and down the country with their staggering live performances, and look to continue their momentum with their new single ‘Let It Go’.
With producer and multi-instrumentalist Zep providing the beats and sounds, he has certainly exceeded himself in this track, with the opening being the euphoric synth line that really sets the tone for NEWARK’s as well as his drumming, reminiscent of the great Yussef Dayes. Wessel then brings his undeniable talent to the fore, switching between rapping and singing which is a synonymous trait of his.
The duo have a chemistry that has formed over time, and have now effortlessly created a seamless and harmonious concept and sound. Being life long friends has brought a real energetic feeling and presence in their music, combining their love for jazz, hip-hop and pop all into one unique offering.
With a concrete focus also on their visuals and representing themselves in a whole new light, NEWARK have created their own brand of emotionally fuelled alternative hip-hop, and ‘Let It Go’ trademarks this direction.