Emotionally and melodically rich, “Bussdown Your Soul (feat Barney Bones)” is a genre-fluid track mingling menace with sorrow and placing AUGUST 08’s strength as a songwriter on full display through his unorthodox musical choices. Over throbbing sub-bass, ricocheting percussion and contemplative piano rounding out the background, AUGUST 08 croons about how materialism and the trappings of a superficial lifestyle damage the soul and hollow out your inner life. As he twists his vocals over the tortured, drawn-out syllables of “soul” in the chorus, AUGUST 08’s delivers a powerful, emotive performance.
Of the new track, AUGUST 08 shares, “‘Bussdown Your Soul’ speaks to the emotion of being forced to be a part of things you don’t want any part of. In circumstances where you have no choice but to bang or starve, your only choice is to survive.”
“Bussdown Your Soul (feat. Barney Bones)” is August’s latest offering since his critically praised Happy Endings With An Asterix (2019) and FATHER (2018) EPs, which made fans at Complex, DJ Booth, Fader, Highsnobiety, HotNewHipHop and more. A noted producer and songwriter, AUGUST 08 is unapologetic about confronting the ugly truths of life, distilling complex emotions surrounding drug addiction, gang violence, racism, depression, and more, into stunning tracks.
AUGUST 08’s “Bussdown Your Soul (feat. Barney Bones)” is out now via 88rising, distributed by 12Tone Music LLC, stream/buy it here.