A film about Northwest hip-hop from 2013
Seattle hip-hop blog 206UP picked this record as one of the “Top 10 Albums of 2013,” saying that:
So you crave diversity in your music, do you? No other album on this list served up more styles than The Physics’ Digital Wildlife. Take two parts hip hop, one part neo-soul and a rich amalgam of EDM, pop, and R&B, and you have the formula for the most refined Seattle hip-hop record of the year. And I still say “hip-hop” because even though DW‘s influences run the gamut of contemporary musical styles of the moment, its spirit is still grounded in beats and rhymes.
In-house producer Justo betrays his boom-bap roots on tracks like “No Tellin” even as a 21st-century synth pulse lights the way. And rapper Thig Nat’s nonchalant braggadocio and hustle-to-eat aspirant lyrics reveal his deep lineage as an MC, even as he tries his hand at singing on “Fix You” the albums centerpiece track. On Digital Wildlife, The Physics set out to explore the relationship between digital and analog recording techniques and, in the process, created a shining example of how tremendously vital Seattle rap can be.