A film about Northwest hip-hop from 2016
Tay Sean has such a way with beats, and the variety of ways he moves a song forward, rarely what you’d expect, yet ideal in hindsight. While listening to his masterwork Leavings, I found myself semi-unconsciously cataloging all the percussive sounds, their variety and range, and all the off notes and the ones that are right on. (And losing count…) Find the groove and you’re bobbing your head throughout. When I first heard “Supramundane,” I kept picking up the needle, putting it back a track, and listening again and again. The interplay of rap and singing and vocal samples deepens further, particularly when the voices themselves are providing the momentum. Gorgeously dense, there are many more layers yet to peel from this alien onion.