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Favorite ThisPilz Beats evokes classic hip-hop sensibilities with 'Aikya'

Published: March 31, 2016

By: Anand Harsh

We love few things more than shining a spotlight on young talent cropping up around the industry. With an ear for soulful, bluesy, and throwback flavors, young Nathaniel Parrott continues to impress us with his solid studio output. His latest concoction is the 7-track EP, Lysergic Summer Depths. Much less trippy than the title suggests, the glitchy layers, electro beats, and tight drum work feels more like a fat blunt than a 10-strip. Today's Pilz Beats premiere underlines that assertion.

"Aikya," not to be confused with the mass-marketed Swedish homewares that lay strewn across your living room floor unassembled and fraught with angst, is buoyant, introspective, and powerful, all at once. The DJ Premier-esque hip-hop feel is emotive and calming; there's nothing frantic going on here. While young producers are trying to be the loudest and largest, Parrott is cautious, reserved, and in the cut. That's probably why it feels like a record from a much more mature artist. Grab it on April 5 from Street Ritual.

Tags: Hip Hop