Published Nov 21, 2018In the Toronto bedlam of sounds, JustJohn and Dom Dias are taking a new approach to rap music — one that's hidden with punk and electronic undertones, but still ringing with thunderous bass lines to carry it through. To follow up their first EP, Don, which was released this past June, the newly Warner Music-signed artists have returned with their four-track EP sequel, Don II.
Fans of the JustJohn and Dom Dias will recognized instantly "Soundboi," which was not only on the first EP, but has been the basis of their career this past summer. Electric energy and an intense deliver from Just John creates a head-banging rhythm that is hard to ignore, and in essence, is the blueprint for JustJohn and Dom Dias's music overall. "Mirror (Fireworks)" and "Bag" mimic that sound, but also take on the essence of UK grime, while "Get Away" breaks into an free-forming house track despite echoing the sinister sounds of Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise."
Much like their own song, Don II shows how JustJohn and Dom Dias are in their bag. They're not trying to fit into any one category, but are making music that works for them — and in hindsight, these aren't necessarily new sounds in hip-hop music, but this Toronto duo are putting the spotlight back on to lost sounds and are championing a new movement in Toronto. (Warner)