A film about Northwest hip-hop from 2020
The musical duo of Toni Banx and Hanan Hassan is better known as Fifth House. We first heard their unique jams featured on Rell Be Free’s superb Sow What? earlier this year. Their own four-track debut EP, On Time, is warm and understated, harnessing the slow, anxious energy of our times. KEXP praises this short effort’s tender vocals that “uplift without ever hiding from the truth.” Debut single “Elevate” speaks to the “passive-oppressive” realities of being Black in 2020 Seattle, but it’s closer “Betta,” and its message of hope that we’ve kept on repeat all year. This EP is a delight and leaves us excited to hear whatever Fifth House drops next.