Odd Future’s Domo Genesis introduces his new album, Under The Influence 2, with some narrative vocals in “Preamble,” a first track characteristic of the OFWGKTA crew (check “Hi” on the 2012 OF Tape, Vol. 2 if you’re feeling a throwback to their early days). We appreciate the smooth, sleepy instrumentals – and vocals kindly less belligerent than “Hi.” Give “Preamble” and the album a listen.
Out of North Augusta, South Carolina, e’clat has collaborated with Jhene Aiko in “Lost With You,” produced by Trill-P. e’clat raps and sings alongside Aiko for an ethereal and peaceful vibe. An artist who introduces himself through verse in his website bio, e’clat seems reflective and connected to his roots. Check out SKRWE, his music label, here, and “Lost With You” below.
The trio, Diamond District, founded by DC rapper Oddisee, have given us “First Step,” a preview of March On Washington, scheduled to drop on October 14. It’s been five years since DD’s debut album, In The Ruff, and they are now positioned to make a long-awaited return, likely to continue their thoughtful and socially conscious lyrics, a style clearly informed by their DMV roots and proximity to the Capitol. Check out “First Step” below.
Out of Los Angeles, Steven Ellison, known as Flying Lotus, has been working on his new album, You’re Dead! scheduled to drop on October 7th in the US. Today, he leaked “Never Catch Me” featuring Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick raps over a stream of jazzy, flying, tight production which demands attention as it changes key and pulls you along yet grounding you in the piano’s recurring theme. In his silence, wordless backing vocals add to the already crowded tune, and the title points to both Kendrick’s effortless and rapid flow and Ellison’s elusively abstract instrumentals. Check out a clearer version here.