MIKE - By The Water
Stoned, dethroned, hazy and wavey, here's fresh Bronx upstart Mike, an 18-year-old rapper currently winning a whole host of fans through his DIY sound. Coupling woozy bars of personal narrative and skewed observations with gritty sample heavy beats, Mike calls to mind some of the genre's greats, including J Dilla, MF Doom and Madlib.
This self produced EP opens with the languid jazz samples and disjointed drums of "Gnats", a smokers' jam perfectly suited to Mike's medicated drawl. 'Gnats' segues seamlessly into the sunny groove of "Hurdles" a barbiturate dosed hit of Jamaican skank and southern soul flipped into a totally fresh rap cut.
The chopped and screwed strangeness continues on "Wait For Me", a fire slo-mo flip on "Uptown Top Ranking" which makes a killer contrast with Mike's intricate, rapid fire flow and rhyme scheme.
Finally "God's With Me" flips some spirited, spiritual piano licks into an irresistible groove primed for Mike's best bars to date. Live and direct, this is the future folks.
Label: Marathon Artists
Format: Hip-Hop 12"
Cat Number: MA0116EP
Released: 17 November 2017