EP REVIEW: A.M. SNiPER ‘Audio Postcards’

"a journey through the many sounds of A.M. SNiPER"

Having followed A.M. SNiPER’s music closely since the start of the year, we were excited to get our hands on his Audio Postcards EP and listen to the tracks that have ensured that SNiPER is a definite ‘one to watch’ in 2015, but also to hear some brand new music from the man himself.

The EP’s playlist is ordered in such a way that it documents SNiPER’s progression as an artist over the last year, from his older tracks right up to brand new material. Opening track ‘It’s Big (The Kettle On My Wrist)’ was originally shared last year and sees the Ayia Napa based artist document his “arsenal of watches” and other such luxury goods, but “he ain’t no gooner”! The track is the most upbeat on the EP and whilst it’s title may include a well known kitchen appliance, not a single Kenwood is mentioned! That’s because the ‘kettle’ to which SNiPER refers to in the track is actually a reference to a watch, specifically the one that’s on his wrist. It is exactly this kind of UK lingo and culture that SNiPER is intent on sharing with his fans across Europe and he does it superbly.

‘Bus Pass’, SNiPER’s summer 2014 smash which set dance floors alight this year, is another track which incorporates something that all Brits know about (and pay too much for), bus passes! Featuring the biggest name in UK urban music, grime pioneer Wiley, SNiPER’s catchy verses combine brilliantly with the party vibe and huge club-ready beat to showcase the summery sound that one might think of when they reminisce of their last holiday to the Cypriot resort that SNiPER calls home.

Continuing along the party theme, ‘The Party Don’t Stop’ is another fun track and featuring an electric guitar riff, offers a slightly different sound to the rest of the EP. With lyrics such as “I’m taking the mickey / I’m up for a cheeky, tricky quicky but please don’t leave a hicky”, SNiPER demonstrates his skilful way with words and his quirky rhymes fuse with the beat perfectly.

The final two tracks on Audio Postcards offer an insight into the more recent sound of A.M. SNiPER, particularly the brand new, never-before-heard track ‘Everywhere We Go’. Both the aforementioned track and ‘Nowhere’ feature the vocal talents of Zahra Palmer and the two artists blend their distinctive sounds together in a fusion of lyricism and vocal class. “Smile on my face in the cool breeze, the sunshine reflecting the new me / had to wave bye to my misery / plus I found love in the basement, chemistry” recalls SNiPER on ‘Everywhere We Go’ and further enhances the idea that he has been on a real musical journey over the last year, with Audio Postcards bearing the fruits of this chapter in his career.

‘Nowhere’ is SNiPER’s most recent single and has been a huge success across the continent topping the charts in Greece, Cyprus and a host of other countries. With a much more serious and heartfelt feel to the track than what we see on the first half of the EP, ‘Nowhere’ is an anthemic outpouring which makes sure we’re left in no doubt that this talented artist on the rise isn’t going away any time soon!

Sharing these tracks from across the past twelve or so months on a joint release should mean that SNiPER can move on and progress to the upper echelons of the industry where he rightly deserves to be. Over the course of Audio Postcards, we go on a journey through the many sounds of A.M. SNiPER and that versatility and ability to rap over any type of beat, whilst referencing everything from the Rolling Stones to Bvlgari watches, will see him go far.

SNiPER sums it up best on ‘Bus Pass’, “Out of court but yet appealing / when we touch down heads up, ceiling / all you see is stars / Ayia Napa yes we are”.

Matt Tarr

Matt Tarr

Urban Music Editor
With grime and hip hop being major influences on him growing up in South East London, Matt's passion is urban music but over the years he has gathered a hugely diverse taste, ranging from Wiley to The Smiths by way of Machine Head, that has made him a very open minded individual.
Matt Tarr