Now this is an album! 25 unique tracks that blend lofi hip-hop with jazz and soul and rap. Pink Siifu did his thing here. While the Birmingham, Alabama artist has a LOT more music available, this is a fine introductory project, one that will have me browsing the remainder of his portfolio. But not until I’ve properly digested this dense, 60 minutes beaut. Shout-out GRiMM Doza, liv.e, Budgie, Pyramid Vritra. Shout-out this album. Damn.
Last month, Atlanta’s own Father released a split single in the form of “Lotto” and “We Had a Deal.” The former comes complete with a guest feature from ABRA and production from Meltycanon while the latter is 100% Father. Both tracks feature artwork from wildman JJ Villard. What more do you need to hear? Both of these go.
Repeat after me: SICK SAD WORLD. The newly formed collective of frequent collaborators Vela Seff, Nancy, and Tombo have been churning out music at an alarming rate. Vela Seff, in particular, just released Tears on the Fronto, a five song EP fully produced by Tombo as well as a single with Nancy and Bigbodyfiji. From what I can gather, everyone involved has much more on the way.
Misery Club’s debut project Club Misery dropped last month. Featuring Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Lil’ Zubin, Fantasy Camp, Jon Simmons, Nedarb, and Foxwedding. Foxwedding really does it right with the first half of production on this EP. Handling two of the backdrops on the four song Club Misery, the final two tracks come produced by Nedarb and remain stuck up in the clouds. If you need more, the group released another single a few weeks back. Don’t sleep.
Solo artist Fantasy Camp recently let loose the seven song project How to Fix Everything. Handling production for half of the EP on his own, the emo / acoustic rap project features Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, taxpurposes, Taylor Morgan, and mertensite. Great artwork too.
In the last month, rapper Kent Loon has released two new tracks. First, he dropped the single ‘Drone.’ Produced by Psychedelic Ensemble, the thumping number quakes through the speakers. “Drone” was followed up with “Chessmaster”, a collaborative track between Loon and Chester Watson that demands a high speed drive. The two have plenty more around the corner, but these singles should hold you over for the time being.
It’s been almost two years since Wisconsin rapper Trapo released his 15 song project, Shade Trees, but the wait has been worth it as the MC returns with a dozen new tracks in the form of Oil Change. Jazzy and soulful with plenty of live instrumentation (these drums!), this is yet another unique release from a rapper in a league of his own.
A new single from Z Money is always appreciated around the parts. Produced by Lil Mexico, the newest track is “80 Bands” and acts as the lead single off of Z Money’s upcoming project, ChiraqMogul, which will be dropping later this month. Stay tuned.
Producers Squadda B and Badluck connect for the eleven track project Special Edition Instrumentals. The half an hour album blends cloud rap with hip-hop and synthwave. Tracks like ‘Another 6’ and ‘ABCG2’ hit the spot. If you like what you hear, be sure to grab a physical copy over at the Green Ova’s Bandcamp, which is a musical goldmine.