On the Horizon: What’s in a nom de plume? ivel the MΘNGΘL.

On the Horizon: What’s in a nom de plume? ivel the MΘNGΘL.

I’ve never been one for unorthodox typography nor ungainly tags, which makes my penchant for the instrumental hip hop to so heavily drizzle down from transatlantic SoundCloud profiles that bit inconsistent. Consequently, when I find myself faced with a moniker infested with an array of alt+blah symbols, it can immediately be that bit repellent. It probably shouldn’t be – what’s in a nom de plume, after all? – though it more often than not transpires to be just so. Though rules are there for the rupturing, and an exception must be made in the peculiar case of ivel the MΘNGΘL – a precocious Virginia rapper/ producer whose palette knows no limits, by the sounds of his SoundCloud. He is, however, at his most potent when eschewing the gravelly vocal which so robustly powers the likes of Dream Cruising, as is on Educational – a giddy whiz of jazzy, almost Bondian samples, scruffy beats and squelchy melodies. Evocative of Edan at his most beguiling and DOOM at his more deft of exclusively instrumental moments, it’s a quietly sublime blend of casual East Coast insouciance that is formally inviting. Get enlightened:

ivel the MΘNGΘL’s SoundCloud.

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