Single Review: Stephen Gawking Feat Aewon Wolf And Nathan Blur- Demons And Disorders

Reviewed by Duzzy Clayton

 

Stephen Gawking is no stranger to danger when it comes to featuring in Fanbase Music Magazine, but he is back with his new single, and guess what, I think it might just be his best work and concept yet. 
 
Hot off the hills of the amazing track Andrea the Angelic which was a tribute to his late sister who passed away from Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), A form of disability Stephen Gawking suffers from as well, and also a Stephen Hawkings hence where Stephen Gawking called his name from.
One thing about Stephen Gawking and this is evident the very first few minutes you talk to him, despite his disability and challenges, he sees the world with a positive outlook and I think kind of lays down the foundation for this song with that in mind.
 
Stephen Gawking is back with the heart-felt amazing track, namely, Demons and Disorders. Collaborating with some awesome musicians  of the likes of Aewon Wolf and Nathan Blur, this sogs tackles a very heavy subject but a very important conversation we should all be talking about, Depression and Mental Health issues.
 
Looking at what is depression and asking the question, is depression that is in a human a human imbalance in the brain, or is it something that is put into us spiritually or not spiritually? or is it something that after living a hard life you can eventually develop depression. My own opinion is I think there are so many ways one can be depressed and all of the points raised above and more are valid, but one thing we can all be sure of, and this the heartfelt mission this song is conveying, is that no matter what or how a person is depressed or suffering with mental health issues, we should all just treat each other with love and compassion, we don’t know what that person is feeling, even the happiest and funniest people on the outside, are crying in the inside, I think of Robin Williams, Chester Bennington, etc. So just be LOVE, be the Light. The world will defo be a better place.
 
Musically, and Lyrically this is the best song Stephen Gawking has been involved in my opinion, Not to take away the other projects  Stephen Gawking has been involved in but I feel this track itself shows how Stephen Gawking’s ideas have grown over time.
 
Collaborating with Aewon Wolf and Nathan Blur, just helped that much more to bring the track to life, their contributions to the song, made me realize how talented they are and also what great musicians we have in South Africa. This collaboration is a testament to that. 
 
Demons & Disorders is a great blend of pop, alternative mixed with hip hop and soul, it kind of has a bit of everything in and thus making it easy on the ear for whoever listens to it, I do believe this track will do well on commercial radio stations and just its subject matter alone, makes it a perfect soundtrack for DJs and presenters, people who do go out to the masses to talk about Depression, to talk about mental health and to teach compassion and love. 
 
I can picture myself listening to this song when I am feeling down and depressed and I need some upliftment and love in my life.
 
I would like to congratulate all who worked on this track, it truly is a great thought-provoking track and I think it is great that today musicians are writing and singing about this sort of subject.
 
Demons & Disorders is Available NOW HERE
 

Stephen Gawking aka The Nuclear Lyricist Bio:

Ijay Swanepoel, professionally known as Stephen Gawking (The Nuclear Lyricist), is a remarkable musician whose journey is defined by an unyielding spirit in the face of severe disability. Afflicted with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2 (SMA), a condition akin to that of Stephen Hawking, Ijay transforms his challenges into a symbol of hope and inspiration.

 

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Aewon Wolf Bio

Aewon Wolf is an unconventional, award-winning, genre-bending singer, rapper, poet, writer, director, and producer born and raised in the city of Durban, South Africa. He has collaborated for over 15 years with some of South Africa’s most prominent artists and brands, including Sketchy Bongo, VW Polo, Shekhina, Kyle Deutsch, Nasty C, Khuli Chana, Jack Parrow, Cell C, Bacardi, Pro Kid, Big Zulu, and many more. He has also graced the stages of major festivals such as Rocking the Daisies and Oppikoppi, as well as opening for a sold-out Justin Bieber concert at both FNB and GreenPoint Stadium. Additionally, he has showcased his talents overseas at festivals in London and India. Despite his success, Aewon Wolf eschews conventionality, preferring a simple life as a vegan and minimalist.

He resides off-grid in a tiny house on a farm on the Dolphin Coast of South Africa, where he spends his days micro-farming his own food and enjoying the surf nearby. In between, he works on his own projects and those of others with his artist agency, 6 “The Farm ZA.” Aewon Wolf has dedicated his life and art to spreading love. While he is primarily recognised for his work as a musician and producer, he prefers the titles of “Artist” or “Creator.” He plans to return to live shows in 2024 after fully introducing his latest offering of Orchestral Hip-Hop music, a genre he pioneers to challenge the disposability of modern music. This innovative fusion marries classical fundamentals with the youthful counterculture of hip-hop, all while promoting a message of love.

 

 

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Nathan Blur Bio

Siphiwe Mtshali, born April 1, 1995, is a South African singer/songwriter known mononymously as Nathan Blur. Melding old-school R&B with hip-hop and pop elements, Nathan’s music is distinguished by impactful drumbeats and infectious choruses. Nathan’s vocal talent traces its roots to his late mother, whose constant singing sparked his love for music. This inspiration fuelled the creation of his unique style that resonates globally.

With over 1 million views on YouTube for his covers and original music, Nathan Blur officially entered the music scene in late 2017, sharing his creations on SoundCloud. Encouraged by the positive response, he triumphed in the 2018 Moshito BET/MTV Base Africa music showcase, showcasing his exceptional musical prowess. Acknowledged as a versatile artist who seamlessly navigates genres to evoke emotions, Nathan Blur’s accolades include winning the 2018 Moshito MTV Base/BET Africa music presentation, crafting a viral soulful cover of ‘Labantwana Ama Uber’ by Semi T, and amassing over 1 million YouTube views.

Noteworthy performances feature Nathan sharing stages with esteemed artists like Zakes Bantwini, Ziia (international), Khamo Mphela, Major League DJs, Bontle Smith, Dbn Gogo, Priddy Ugly, and Wanda Baloyi. His compelling presence has graced significant events such as the Moshito opening night concert in 2019, the 2019 Gauteng Summer Cup Games (Voguish Marquee), and the 2017 Heritage Day Festival (Social Yaruna).

Nathan Blur’s music has found its way onto screens, with songs placed on the American TV show ‘Bel-Air’ and the local TV show ‘Uzalo.’ This marks another milestone in his journey, expanding his reach across borders. Nathan Blur continues to enchant audiences with his soulful voice, dynamic performances, and unwavering dedication to his art. Embark on this musical journey with him as he explores the limitless possibilities of sound and emotion.

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Lyrics 

 

In the shadows of the deep

I’m barely holding on

In the depth of my despair

Where my strength is all gone

Is there a friend

Who won’t judge me for my wrong

Cause I’m barely holding on

Cause I’m barely holding on

I need a lifeline

I find a few when I write rhymes

But I’m barely in right mind

They say we use the left side

So maybe that’s the reason why

Creatives have a hard time

Keeping up a sober mind

Staying up and on the grind

There’s no place for you to hide

We just the victims of our time

Always seen but never seen

They can’t see what’s deep within

But idolise a life of sin

So maybe I should be broken

And that’s the way that I fit in

Another cog to idling

Just Keep on scrolling

Forget about depression

Just make a big impression

If issues are in fashion

Then tell them how you feeling

Just dress it up with religion

Accumulating more digits

You better when they bigger

In the shadows of the deep

I’m barely holding on

In the depth of my despair

Where my strength is all gone

Is there a friend

Who won’t judge me for my wrong

Cause I’m barely holding on

Cause I’m barely holding on

Alright I’m jumping in

Speak my truth brutally

Borderline clinically

My own worst enemy

And you could be a friend to me

But won’t know what got into me

You look and think I’m happy

While the whole time empty

Is there a sign to save me

That you could read then maybe

You would know not to push me

When I’m on the edge barely

Hanging on and hurting

A character by Tim Burton

A nice but scary person

hollow and sleepy

Lurking in dark shadows

The pain is hidden below

My pain you’ll never know

It’s not something I show

Then so

How do you help to save my life

Maybe the start

Is just being nice

In the shadows of the deep

I’m barely holding on

In the depth of my despair

Where my strength is all gone

Is there a friend

Who won’t judge me for my wrong

Cause I’m barely holding on

Cause I’m barely holding on

How many lives have been lost

In the limelight

Are we listening to them

Through their broken lives

Calling it superstition

That’s not reason

It’s how they feeling

It’s time to open your eyes

Something’s gotta be done

And it starts

With you

 

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