A while ago Jahshua Smith, emcee from Detroit, hit me up about his upcoming album, that would become The Final Season. He said,
I’m from Detroit and I’ve known Ryan (Stewrat) for years. He’s been my personal producer for a while now, and this next project is the first time I’ll be able to do a whole LP with solely his production…
And…I never replied because I suck. So, here, after months of no reply I humbly apologize and offer my thoughts. I should have said, “Yo Jahshua, this is FIRE! I’ve heard ‘Ride Tonight’ before and I really dig that track…also, yeah this whole thing is dope.”
Jeremy Rike, a.k.a. Dose, a.k.a. slick sampler/electronic producer with a flair for extracting light, emotive snippets, has just dropped his newest album So This Is Where We Are. It’s a question we’ve all asked before: usually when it seems like everything is falling down around us: “So, this is where we are?” For me, the album seems to traverse the psyche of someone asking that question, contemplating it, chewing on it—either numb or free or wondering. “Harder” has a dense backdrop, one with middling synths and howling vocals. It’s a hauntingly dreamy track. “Feel As Good As This” is a blissful, carefree song with a creepy edge (its ghostly falsetto) and one I’ve been playing nonstop. Snag this one folks—it’s some emotive electronic music with an affection for hip-hop. Yup.
"Love, Live, Life, Proceed, Progress," describes StewRat's Comfort as perfectly as possible. It’s also the first sample on “LLLPP” and the thematic arc for the project. The album’s fifteen tracks are minimalistically titled beats, (i.e., “Cash”, “Honey”, “News”,) that are reminiscent of some found shopping list. Boom bap lovers and hip-hop heads will enjoy this release.