Review: fungiFerg – High EP

fungiFerg is an understated veteran of Teesside. Although there’s not an abundance of solo releases, the MC has played a part in some of the regions pioneering groups with Teesside Connection and Gang:Greenz.

On the run up to dropping his debut solo EP, High, fungi has been on a roll. Booked as the main support act for Jaykae at Newcastle’s o2 Academy and headlining a mini-tour of the North East with additional shows in Leeds and Liverpool. Ferg excels in a live environment but how would that translate to studio recordings on an opus with no features?

Its difficult to say. A certain new expectation has came in recent years as the lines blur between album, mixtape and EP but traditionally extended plays were used to tease whats to come and test the waters of audience expectations ahead of an LP.

High as a whole lacks a certain punch by 2018s standards. Its a good selection of music but an IT factor is missing, likely because Ferg is following the traditional model and holding the real crackers for the full-length release we’d expect to come in 2019.

The two stand-out songs come in the form of lead single Get Wise produced by Naughty40 and theĀ DJ Turtle sculpted grime banger Sound – and they’re two of the better tracks from the North East region released this year.

If an album is on the way, lets have our collective fingers crossed for more production from Naughty40, DJ Turtle and others from Middlesborough and its surrounding areas.

Teesside has been molten hot for years, with Jister, TGF, Eyeconic, Leddie MC and now fungiFerg releasing solo music alongside his Kush Promotions cohorts it might finally be time for the ‘Tees Sound’ volcano to erupt. The production quality from Thornaby, Stockton, Middlesborough etc., has never been better, and that is showcased on fungiFerg’s High EP.

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