Tuesday, October 31, 2023


Ghosts of Nefaeria is the latest video release from up-and-coming UK underground emcee and artist ILL SYKES, and is taken from his latest EP (his first on vinyl) THE CHRONICLES OF NEFAERIA VOLUME 1. 

This highly accomplished project leads us on a hazardous 'Black Mirror' journey through the land of Nefaeria - a fantastical urban sprawl juxtaposed with modern-day London. Across seven tracks, with a run time of more than 30 minutes, Sykes - joined by Bxrbarian, C.O.N-Vers, Jibbarish, King Kakarot, Lomax, Charles Sagan and Tesla's Ghost, projects a nightmarish metropolis of boiling rivers and tower blocks leaking toxic waste from drainpipes. A place populated by thieves, snitches and drug dealers as equally unsavoury as the crooked politicians in charge. 

We are reminded of both the small and big issues that weave a web around our convoluted every-day-lives. Sykes, effortlessly guided by UK South Coast's beat-smith Relense's atmospheric production, leaves an indelible mark like a graffiti writer's ink mop, and delivers a nightmarish soundtrack to a UK in crisis.

 It is said that if you fold a piece of paper forty-two times it will reach the moon. That equation matches Ill Syke’s rhyme schemes and career trajectory. Possibly one of the most underrated underground emcees in the UKHH scene right now, his star is rising. ‘Chronicles’ is a brilliantly composed piece of conceptual work that transcends rap and is set to propel him onto the global stage.

Equally, this project pushes Relense to the front of the UK beat and production scene with his intense and moody soundscape-composition-style. Painting a musical picture as vivid as Sykes' bars.

Pressed on limited 140g Black Vinyl, the beautifully designed EP can be purchased exclusively from Weaponize Records' Bandcamp page: https://weaponizerecords.bandcamp.com while stocks last.

Weaponize Records is an independent imprint serving up hard hitting Hip Hop and championing underground sounds.

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The video was shot on location in London by Ill Sykes and Antonio Nelson. Edited by Art Morera. You can follow Art's manoeuvres on his Instagram account: @artmorerathewxlf

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