“This is probably the most personal I have been in my music to date. Every track has meaning, especially the song “Mates Rate” which is based on having friendships that have lasted for a long time based on the history there is between you.

So in the current day, you are actually not that close but because you went to the same primary school and secondary and use to be very close, you still treat them like that but in reality, that is not what it is”

Syf of Talking Knots


Release Schedule: Jul 10th, 2023
Genres: Hip Hop

Syf of Talking Knots, the rising star in the UK rap music scene, is set to captivate listeners with an intimate and deeply personal musical experience accompanied by prolific beatmaker Handbook. With their latest release, the duo delves into uncharted emotional depths, crafting a collection of tracks that resonate with raw authenticity and heartfelt storytelling. This exceptional body of work is a testament to Syf’s growth and evolution as an artist, as they explore the intricacies of human connections and the profound impact of time.

At the core of Deeper lies the standout track, “Mates Rate.” This poignant composition encapsulates the bittersweet reality of friendships that have stood the test of time, yet find themselves in a different space in the present day. Syf of Talking Knots masterfully navigates this emotional landscape, drawing from their own experiences of maintaining relationships that were once incredibly close but have since evolved. ‘Mates Rate’ serves as a powerful reminder of the lingering history and shared memories that shape our perceptions of those we once held dear.

Each track on the EP carries a distinct and profound meaning, inviting listeners into a world of introspection and self-discovery.



Inspired by the sound of acts like J Dilla and Flying Lotus, Handbook started his music journey after stumbling upon an MPC 1000 through a friend. The rest is history. From classically-inspired organic sounds, through raw hip-hop and futuristic beats all the way to mellow and somber vocal tracks – Jake has already shown an impressive creative approach when it comes to creating music.

  • featured on 20+ Spotify editorial playlists including lofi beats, Jazz Rap, Mellow Beats, lofi + chill, Smooth Jazz Beats, UK R&B, and more
  • featured on Apple Music’s BEATstrumentals, Future Beats, and Chilling Out editorials
  • supported by more than 500k independent playlists
  • featured on Bandcamp's homepage New and Notable and The Hip Hop Show with (with Posdnuos from the legendary De La Soul) for his 5-track EP with Syf of Talking Knots

Syf of Talking Knots

Syf of Talking Knots is a rapper/vocalist from the UK, North West London. His love for rap started when he was young and used to hear his older brother playing Ice Cube and DMX albums in his room. As he got older he realized that he had a love for poetry and the art of rhyming words; which he then began to do. He entered a couple of poetry competitions and traveled to different places in the UK but in the back of his mind, he knew he wanted to do music. He’s also part of the production band Frances, The Mute.

  • Featured on Spotify’s Jazz Rap, AlternaRap, Orbit, and Mellow Beats editorials
  • Featured on Bandcamp's Hip Hop show with Posdnuos from De La Soul

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