PLTFRM SE7EN EP [SIDE A]

by Karl Nova

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about

So I was creating songs for my 3rd official album which is going to be called "Familiar Stranger" and while I was doing that I found out some tracks didn't fit into that idea and a theme in my mind was developing. That theme became "PLTFRM SE7EN"

The theme follows on from "Delayed But Not Denied" (Released on independent label Unsigned United in September, 2012) The whole idea is I am on a London underground train platform and my train is delayed by 35 mins and these songs represent where my mind travels randomly in those 35 mins while my train is delayed. I am trying to get somewhere and I feel delayed but the train will come and though I am delayed I am not denied getting to my destination eventually.

This project represents where I feel I am as an artist. I am underground. I feel stuck on this platform I am on but while I am here I will make the most of it and use my platform to help other fellow travelers. I am embracing where I am on my journey, being on this underground platform is not a bad thing. In fact embracing your niche is a great thing. Just because you are underground doesn't mean you are not on the move. We've been made to think that going "mainstream" is the main thing to aim for but most times it makes you lose your uniqueness and you become generic and stagnant. You can lose your edge. I am just on my journey and wherever this path leads that's where I am going. This doesn't mean I wouldn't want to go mainstream and be on bigger platforms. If I am gonna be on those platforms and on that level then it will be on my terms and a natural progression not because I am forced to become something that isn't me.

I wanted this project to sound unpolished and bass heavy because that is the kind of hip hop I love and was raised on. I love when you can feel hard drums, heavy bass and a slight distortion. It reminds me of where this music came from. It didn't come from a polished, pristine and clean place. It came from the gritty streets, limited circumstances and from a people ignored and left with no voice. love it or hate it. It is what it is.

This EP is the prelude to my 3rd album "Familiar Stranger" because that album deals with how in this digital social media saturated era, we can sometimes be people who others are "familiar" with but never really know on a deeper level. It's kind of like bumping into someone everyday on a train platform while you're commuting, recognising their face but never really knowing who they are.

As you can see this is Side A. So that means there is a B Side...

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released 03 June 2014

All tracks written and produced by Karl Nova except "Come with me" which was produced by Mr DaMention

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Karl Nova UK

Having fallen in love with poetry and Hip Hop as a child, he discovered his passion for lyrics and found his voice.

He toured extensively with award winning collective GK Real but has also managed to carve his own niche and create his own lane by going against the grain and not being afraid to speak his heart and mind.

He's a versatile lyricist that wears his heart on his sleeve with great flair
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Track Name: Sing Along
I'm on PLTFRM SE7EN
bobbing my head
doing my dance
join me shake a leg
my train of thought
is riding the track
step away from the edge
MIND THE GAP!

In this biz there are many illusions
to me some perceptions seem weird
I can't lie I've been so disillusioned
there's so much confusion in here
when I was younger I was naive
I will be real man I had no clue
so many things I blindly believed
so many lies I believed were true
things used to be so simple
now they've become complicated
you find out how life is fickle
I want to go back to the basics
we can't go back to the past
no, we cannot rewind time
everything is happening fast
so, I'm reminding my mind
the reason I got into this
was because love for this was born in my heart
through different seasons I drift
I document my life in this art
these songs are snapshots of moments
with no filter, get the picture?
I share 'em with you, you can own it
I'm off kilter, but they hit ya

Deep in your soul you feel it
and you want to respond
so do not fight the feeling
you can make this your song
so why don't you just join me
you want to I can tell
sometimes I sing off key
but I won't stop

Oh well, I won't stop even I don't sell
and some think that my raps are crap
even if my name don't ring bells
my train of thought will keep riding tracks
so mind the gap
step away from the edge
do you hear that?
that's the hook
sing along, closed mouths don't get fed

It's my story, it's my song
everybody sing along
Sing it loud and sing it strong
everybody sing along
I won't stop I will go on
everybody sing along
let's lift up our voice as one
everybody sing along

everybody (sing along) [x8]

I'm on PLTFRM SE7EN
waiting for my train
this train of thought
is running through my brain
my train of thought
is riding the track
step away from the edge
MIND THE GAP!

In this biz there are many illusions
to me some perceptions seem weird
I can't lie I've been so disillusioned
there's so much confusion in here
i stripped away all the labels
I'm not what you think I am
they didn't make you, they can't break you
i say that to myself as I jam
I don't want to belabour the point
just say I'm an artist, that will do fine
your expectations I disappointment
i cannot be tightly defined
I define what I do
what I do doesn't define me
I'm just living my truth
your mind cannot confine me
beats, rhymes and life
It is what it is
I'll keep shining bright
No dull moments are gonna dim this
I'm exercising this gift
I've gotta stay in shape
I work it out and stay fit
I push rhymes like weight

Deep in your soul you feel it
and you want to respond
so do not fight the feeling
you can make this your song
so why don't you just join me
you want to I can tell
sometimes I sing off key
but I won't stop

Oh well, I won't stop even I don't sell
and some think that my raps are crap
even if my name don't ring bells
my train of thought will keep riding tracks
so mind the gap
step away from the edge
do you hear that?
that's the hook
sing along, closed mouths don't get fed

It's my story, it's my song
everybody sing along
Sing it loud and sing it strong
everybody sing along
I won't stop I will go on
everybody sing along
let's lift up our voice as one
everybody sing along

everybody (sing along) [x8]
Track Name: Bouncin' Back
Even if I hit rock bottom
I'll Still Be Bouncin' Back (x3)
Still Be Bouncin' back
I am always bouncin' back

life is full of ups and downs
smile and frowns
hear me now
sometimes it might knock you out
on the ground
hear me out
in my head thoughts bounce around
when my soul is feeling down
but right back again I bounce
so don't ever count me out
my story's far from over
this is the life and times of Karl Nova
to my destiny I draw closer
though it looks sketchy I told ya
when I'm at the end of my rope
somehow deep inside I find hope
with all of this pressure I cope
I swallowed my pride and I didn't choke

Sometimes it feels like they're waiting
waiting for you to drop [x4]

Even if you drop
somehow you bounce back to the top [x4]

Even if I hit rock bottom
I'll Still Be Bouncin' Back (x3)
Still Be Bouncin' back
I am always bouncin' back

Bouncin' back, bouncin' back
I am always bouncin' back

Life is full of highs and lows
friends and foes
joys and woes
sometimes it delivers blows
aching souls
against the ropes
like Ali I rope a dope
punch drunk lump in my throat
but somehow I soar and float
walk on water leave the boat
when I've more or less given up
something inside me has risen up
i hit rock bottom and found the rock
when I was stuck, caught in a rut
i ate humble pie and bit the dust
thrown under the bus who can I trust?
sometimes it is all too much
but I bounced back and I got back up

Sometimes it feels like they're waiting
waiting for you to drop [x4]

Even if you drop
somehow you bounce back to the top [x4]

Even if I hit rock bottom
I'll Still Be Bouncin' Back (x3)
Still Be Bouncin' back
I am always bouncin' back

Bouncin' back, bouncin' back
I am always bouncin' back
Track Name: Word Of Mouth
Spread the word like butter on toast
the word we utter will roast, whoa!
Each one, reach one, speak with passion
we need love to speak loud with action
We need more compassion
More empathy and less bashing
You can't force feed and shove it down throats
This ain't about how much truth you can quote
When you have talks about faith
Make sure your words are seasoned with grace
Speak in love don't condemn or judge
Speak words that mend hearts that are bruised up
make sure you stay clued up
Know the word on the street
and the word of truth 'cause
How else will we engage hearts
We must hit the target
not miss the mark

They didn't hear me then
I bet they wanna hear me now [x4]

So we keep speaking out
information's leaking out
we're getting deeper now
is that why they're freakin' out? [x2]

Spread the word now (now!)
put the word out (out!)

Word of mouth
spread the word now

Word of mouth
put the word out

There's many ways to spread the word about
But nothing quite like word of mouth
we've all heard about
how most things are heard about
news spreads
to north east west and south
we trust sources that are credible
to get a better view so I'm telling you
communication is incredible
when it's open and real unforgettable
so what's your circle of influence
Square off with it
come on get to it
we all have a platform whether big or small
you know it is truth innit?
I'm travelling underground
standing on platform 7
My train of thought on this track
Straight to your heart it is heading

They didn't hear me then
I bet they wanna hear me now [x4]

So we keep speaking out
information's leaking out
we're getting deeper now
is that why they're freakin' out? [x2]

Spread the word now (now!)
put the word out (out!)

Word of mouth
spread the word now

Word of mouth
put the word out
Track Name: All Hail The King
ALL HAIL THE KING!

You're the most benevolent
I give you reverence
you are so excellent
Heaven's main resident
yes your Son was heaven sent
in your presence everything else is irrelevant
when you take preeminence
then I find my source of strength
I'm in awe of your awesomeness
all your ways are flawless
I fell to the floor when I saw this
and worshiped, the one who spat out the universe
in a similar way that I am spitting this verse
you, rhymed time and freestyled creation
you did it acapella without crowd participation
then into time and space you made an invasion
the Word became flesh to bring our salvation
the fullness of your glory was encased in
a body of flesh like mine so amazing
you rose up from the grave you were placed in
with one act, you slayed death and slayed sin

a a a a ay!
all hail The King give Him praise
that is what I'm here to do today
so anyway hear what I say
and come and join me [x2]

ALL HAIL THE KING!

All hail the king though they nailed the King
We've all failed the King you can't the derail the King
They crowned him with a crown of thorns and they mocked him
It was so shocking and He did not sin
His kingdom you see will be forever
Even though He was treated like someone lesser
He walked with the sinners with them He ate dinner
He treated drifters and outcasts like winners
He rules with mercy and grace He's not a tyrant
So on this track I'm making noise like a siren
Seek Him and find Him, He is not hiding
He is always guiding and providing
Forever shining with Him I'm abiding
You can't see me cos I am inside Him
That's why when I fall I keep rising
His grace is amazing and quite surprising

a a a a ay!
all hail The King give Him praise
that is what I'm here to do today
so anyway hear what I say
and come and join me

ALL HAIL THE KING!
Track Name: Little Me Too
I recently heard a song called (little me)
A song by Michelle called (little me)
I sampled this song called (little me)
And wrote a letter to (little me, little me)

I recently heard a song called (little me)
A song by Michelle John called (little me)
I was moved so much by the song
That I wrote a little letter to (little me, little me)

Please don't belittle me, peep my soliloquy
I'd say this if I could have a chat with little me
You're gonna feel let down and feel abandoned
don't be afraid you're gonna make it and still be standing
You're a skinny kid but you fill out and stay handsome
And you have a sense of humour that is quite random
You already know you're from a broken home
But much later you're gonna feel broken and all alone
You're a quiet kid but later you make noise
You're gonna bring a lot of people joy
You have long fingers you should have learnt the piano
But you're still musical you make beats now I know
In your teens you're gonna face pain
But deep in your pain you're gonna find faith
You're gonna hear a song by Michelle John
And with these lyrics is how you will respond

I recently heard a song called (little me)
A song by Michelle called (little me)
I sampled this song called (little me)
And wrote a letter to (little me, little me)

I recently heard a song called (little me)
A song by Michelle John called (little me)
I was moved so much by the song
That I wrote a little letter to (little me, little me)


Please don't belittle me, peep my soliloquy
I'd say this if I could have a chat with little me
You're a love child born out of wedlock
Low self-esteem will have you in a headlock
But you grow strong enough to break the deadlock
You find hip hop and learn to make heads nod
In primary 4 you will have you first crush
You learn to chat up ladies and make 'em blush
You're always gonna be thoughtful and introspective
Very early you learn to be reflective
At some point you're gonna feel neglected
You overcome suicidal thoughts that are hectic
In your teens you're gonna face pain
But deep in your pain you're gonna find faith
You're gonna hear a song by Michelle John
And with these lyrics is how you will respond

I recently heard a song called (little me)
A song by Michelle called (little me)
I sampled this song called (little me)
And wrote a letter to (little me, little me)

I recently heard a song called (little me)
A song by Michelle John called (little me)
I was moved so much by the song
That I wrote a little letter to (little me, little me)
Track Name: Feel Good
I ain't just rapping I'm unwrapping my grave clothes
My funeral became a party so I've changed clothes
Of course I'm metaphorically speaking
To those who are seeking life's deeper meaning
I've got skeletons in my closet I'm doing cleaning
dry bones will live again I'll keep believing
As my heart and this beat keeps on beating
I feel moved to keep on rhythmically speaking
I speak life when I'm live on the mic
My soul comes alive when I feel the vibe
It feels good, real good, when I get live
I connect with something that I feel deep inside
I was asleep inside but dawn broke I woke up
I found my voice in silence and spoke up
I bottled up so much emotion I choke up
I have another date with destiny we almost broke up

I feel good
yeah today
I feel good
I know life has got it's ups and downs
It's ok
I feel good [x2]

all things work together for my good [x3]
it's all good now
I feel good now

Even when you have been misunderstood [x3]
it's all good now
I feel good now

yeah! access granted right now to my inner thoughts
My heart is like a cup running over let it pour
It's like it's only in my verses I can breathe
It's only on these beats that I can fully be
This is therapy I do this for me
It's like I'm on the couch not on an M-I-C
This music creates the space I need
To let loose caged feelings and set 'em free
This is the soundtrack of my process
That I go through daily yes I know stress
Some of it self induced I confess
but nevertheless I get it off my chest
as I create street psalms that are like balm
They bring healing to my soul and I stay calm
Right now you're in my inner chamber
Getting to know this familiar stranger

I feel good
yeah today
I feel good
I know life has got it's ups and downs
It's ok
I feel good [x2]

all things work together for my good [x3]
it's all good now
I feel good now

Even when you have been misunderstood [x3]
it's all good now
I feel good now

Lack of reflection always leads to projection
that's when you don't want to face your imperfections
But are quick to point out someone else's
If you've ever kept it real you have felt this
We have all felt misunderstood
It's worse when your intentions are really good
But sometimes good intentions are not enough
I know it's rough and tough but it's a must
That I tell it as it is off and on the record
This doesn't mean that it will not get better
For instance we want everything instant
but to think like this is to think like infants
Good things take time so have patience
that is true wisdom that is ancient
right now you're in my inner chamber
getting to know this familiar stranger

I feel good
yeah today
I feel good
I know life has got it's ups and downs
It's ok
I feel good [x2]

all things work together for my good [x3]
it's all good now
I feel good now

Even when you have been misunderstood [x3]
it's all good now
I feel good now
Track Name: Exhale! (Breathe Again)
Inhale, Exhale, just breathe
breathe again

Yo check it,
I don't mean to be a tease as I start this off with ease
Sometimes I aim to please but now I'm shooting the breeze
Yes I'm an emcee have you ever heard of these?
We're that rare species and like hair that recedes
We go way back but now as I proceed
You'll find out that we're current in fact you will believe
We're ahead of the times as lyrics we breathe
We're kinda futuristic as I'm dropping these
Lines and verses that almost sound prophetic
Yes I'm tried and tested in touch with the essence
Manifesting blessings in lyrical sessions
I reckon when I'm done I will leave a deep impression
I'm hoping if you're down you'll be lifted from depression
If you're disconnected you will find the connection
This student of life is still learning lessons
Like how the enemy of greatness could be perfection
You have to show and prove is what I heard before
So when I bust a rhyme wooha! it's rhymes galore
I cater to my core but leave open the door,
I stay accessible on point like decimals and I'll give you more

I inhale inspiration
then exhale these creations
I just breathe (Inhale!)
I just breathe (Exhale!)
breathe again my friend
breathe again my friend [x2]

just breathe (inhale)
just breathe (exhale)
just breathe (inhale)
breathe again my friend
breathe again my friend

Someone called me a minister I said nah I'm an artist
Maybe they are right I'm serving verses regardless
My ministry of sound is still so underground
So please mind the gap the sliding doors are closing now
I do all kinds of styles I wonder if you're wowed
Well anyhow I'm live and direct right now
Profound is how you might describe what is going down
As I'm flowing now different seeds I'm sowing now
No need for termination of this germination
I impregnate the sound with revelation.
Giving birth to higher aspirations
Bringing forth paradigm shifts
in this generation
Sharp verses cause penetration
But bring no pain just a sweet sensation
The music that I make will ease you mind
I'm so laid back though fiery with the grind
I'm lighthearted but burdened with heavy thoughts
Maybe that's why my opinions are strong of course
I don't get it twisted opinions ain't facts
And these ain't scripture neither man they're just raps

I inhale inspiration
then exhale these creations
I just breathe (Inhale!)
I just breathe (Exhale!)
breathe again my friend
breathe again my friend [x2]

just breathe (inhale)
just breathe (exhale)
just breathe (inhale)
breathe again my friend
breathe again my friend

I had somebody tell me that I cannot rap at all
Go through my catalogue expand your mind so small
The last time I checked opinions ain't facts
It's a fact that I'm not wack when my train of thought rides tracks
So please mind the gap, don't cross the line
You could fall off this platform it's clear that you're blind
You don't have to like me and I'm not defined
By whether you accept me inside your tiny mind
Art appreciation is very subjective
And to be expressive is my main objective
I've traveled the world with my collective
I'm a man of the people I'm known and respected
so check it, don't be reckless this is just for the record
My flow is an acquired taste so respect it
The Most High can use the least impressive
I'm a living witness that's why I'm expressive
Yes I'm low key but I am not one to be messed with
If you have bad intentions I'm not interested
When I emcee, it's like breathing to me
I take deep breathes and just breathe on the beat

I inhale inspiration
then exhale these creations
I just breathe (Inhale!)
I just breathe (Exhale!)
breathe again my friend
breathe again my friend [x2]

just breathe (inhale)
just breathe (exhale)
just breathe (inhale)
breathe again my friend
breathe again my friend
Track Name: My Motto
yeah! I'm on PLTFRM SE7EN
it's Nova, yo check it uh! I've got....

rhymes for your mind
beats for your feet
flows for your soul
lyrics for your spirit

My style is so ill I make medicine sick
it's so real, I draw blood from a brick
I wrote rhymes deep in my sleep
deep in between the sheets
I freestyled to my own heartbeat
I freesyled to the rhythm of my feet walking down the street
I freestyled sitting on the toilet seat
it's the joker of the pack, I hold the 4 aces
royally flushing emcees out of falsely secured spaces
take a hint to make a sprint to catch my drift I'm kinda swift
I uplift with my gift I'm working the night shift
the scriptures are inscripted like hieroglyphics
on the lyrics of the manuscript that I flip
with immaculate conceptions
I bring accurate perception
mental correction for those deceived in deception
yeah, it's Nova, one of London's finest
one of the nicest on mic devices with..

rhymes for your mind
beats for your feet
flows for your soul
lyrics for your spirit [x4]

Beats rhymes and life
that's what it is
I grab the mic
and handle my biz [x4]

So many times, i've heard them say think out of the box
that I'm thinking out of the box of thinking out of the box, thus
I come storming out the block
it's a race against time, I'll break your stopwatch
if you're clocking me
oh please stop watching me
OK pay attention 'cause the fee is free
actually it's not, 'cause time is money
so spending time observing is an investment, trust me
they say if you're too serious, you won't chart well
I guess I've got to lighten up like vybz kartel
I was that class clown, I played that part well
whether I'm laughing or crying it's heartfelt
I speak flames, that makes cold hearts melt
i'm Guy Fawkes but love makes my bonfire swell
I was once spellbound but Truth broke my spell
I dont need to spell it out 'cause it aint hard to tell

rhymes for your mind
beats for your feet
flows for your soul
lyrics for your spirit [x4]

Woooo!
Yeah it's Nova
I'm on PLTFRM SE7EN
yeah! check it! yo! uh!

It aint always black or white
sometimes there's grey area
This makes some folks blue
and feel life is scarier
I don't mind grey area
cos see I am colourful
not just because of my brown skin so wonderful
I was sipping orange juice watching the colour purple
The sun hung in the sky like a gold circle
This is a stolen moment call me a bandit
you've caught me in the act,
you've caught me red handed
I was contemplating on how I can make some green
When a song from pink came on my tv screen
My mind drifted I thought of the indigo 02
When I was at an award show and trouble brewed
Violence broke out by a crowd I was swept
Into the female loo with a blonde and brunette
Their faces were pale and they were scared to death
But my thoughts were crystal clear as I held my breath
I escaped and I saw some crimson splashes
On the shirt of this guy who had caught some slashes
So many things are fake like false eye lashes
But I see your true colours in glimpses and flashes
I've got....

rhymes for your mind
beats for your feet
flows for your soul
lyrics for your spirit [x4]

Beats rhymes and life
that's what it is
I grab the mic
and handle my biz [x4]
Track Name: Come with me feat. Mr. DaMention [Bandcamp Bonus track]
Once upon a time not long ago
I would say about a couple of songs ago
I want sitting wondering where do I want to go
I was feeling kinda lost and uncomfortable
then I heard a voice
that spoke in my heart
that was broken apart
yep it spoke in the dark
it said to me
I know that you wanna make your mark
with this art
that you carefully craft
I know there are some that think that you're daft
they ridicule you at your dreams they do laugh
they don't know you yep they don't know the half
they don't know your story and how it's been hard
so what in this world are you after?
I know that you want joy and laughter
but if you take shortcuts that seem faster
you set yourself on the path of disaster
but I can show you a better way
I can change your worse days into better days
ride with me and let's make a getaway
so I hopped right in and we sped away

So let's (let's) ride, let's (let's) ride
come my way
cos you won't find what you're looking for
if you don't come my way

just come with me, come with me

so tell me what are you looking for?
why settle for less when you can have more
you thought you were thinking big, you thought small
you're fallin' short though your dreams look tall
so you want fame and fortune lots of cash
I'm sure you can dream much bigger than that
those things are nice but those things don't last
what you need is a new life and a new path
I'm not trying to sell you a pipe dream
or some hype that seems to dazzle and gleam
I'm here to show you what you came for
and give you vision so you'll aim for
a destiny that is much higher
set you on fire you'll be inspired
instead of living for things you can acquire
you'll find true greatness beyond your desires

So let's (let's) ride, let's (let's) ride
come my way
cos you won't find what you're looking for
if you don't come my way

just come with me, come with me


I know you've felt crushed and you've lost all trust
and you dont have much
by pain you've been struck
but what you are seeking your hands can't touch
it's something only your faith can clutch
so let's switch gears and pump the breaks
and make a U turn away from the hate
Let me take the wheel what do you say?
my power steering can swerve you the right way


So let's (let's) ride, let's (let's) ride
come my way
cos you won't find what you're looking for
if you don't come my way

just come with me, come with me