This Friday’s music post is an early look at Lostribe’s Sophie, due for release on August the 23rd. The team of producer JustLuv and vocalist Agustus ThElefant call in a host of guests, from Casual to Gift of Gab to Talib Kweli to produce a hip hop album with not just a broad reach but a fresh sound that successfully melds electronica with classic hip hop undertones.
a fresh sound that successfully melds electronica with classic hip hop undertones
From the juxtaposition of light guitar licks with borderline industrial sounds in Come Down and Find Some Meaning in Life’s wonky beats to No Other Word, an elegant ode to the early 2000s soulful boom bap it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Talib Kweli blessing, what Lostribe succeed with most is what much hip hop misses nowadays – a sense of variety, but with enough contingency not to feel like every track is an abstract collection. Sophie feels like an album, a collection that you can draw a circle around and enjoy an entire, self contained experience. If any criticism is to be levelled at the LP it’s that perhaps a definitive Lostribe ‘sound’ doesn’t come forward, so much as their willingness to create tracks in various styles and bring them together. Nonetheless, Sophie is impressive.