Right off the bat I was blown away at the fact that the first song is a dubby reggae cut. I don’t typically enjoy this shit, but for the sake of reviewing It I sat there and listened. Much to my surprise I am really feeling it. Something about Jahred’s vocals make it different than the other shit I’ve heard with this feel to it. When track 2 started it became apparent that this is definitely a solo EP for good reason. It sounds nothing like anything Hed has put out before. Well, maybe a few songs here and there, but it’s a very well produced album with beautiful melodies and lyrics.
“Smashemup” has a rappy feel to it but doesn’t stray too far away from the feel of the EP. It’s a clever balance between dub/reggae and hip hop and the vocals on the hook have crazy effects that you’ve probably heard on the radio, if you have one. The title song “Unite” is a takes it back to where it started four songs ago and Jahred’s vocals remain to be the best thing about the entire project throughout the entire release. Mad props to the engineers and producers too, because whoever worked on the Unite EP really knew what they were doing and came up with a truly incredible handful of songs.
At 16 minutes long, I’d have to say that I prefer the existence of a simple EP with these songs on them over putting them on another release where they wouldn’t really fit. All of the songs are on the same page but are fresh and different. I must say I really enjoyed Jahred’s new work despite not knowing much about this kind of music at all. If you can impress someone who doesn’t much care for this sound then it must be good, right?