VLACHI PRO – Hard Maintenance
First up for the new year, we have an excellent release from Vlachi Pro aka Bristolian beatsmith Awkward and LA’s Matt Gamin. “Hard Maintenance” is one of the best left-field, underground hip hop album I’ve heard in some time.
The production mixes up electronic synths with heavy weight drums, with hints of producers such as El-P, Flying Lotus and Anti-Pop Consortium but all done with Awkward’s distinct style.
I have to admit I have not heard of Matt Gamin before, but after hearing this, I need to hear more. His flow is laid back but still complex, coming off with relentless lyrics presented to you in a highly interesting and unique manner. Again, if I had to compare him with other rappers out there, I would say he reminds me a little of Pigeon John, Busdriver, Freestyle Fellowship…I think you get the picture.
9 tracks long, “Hard Maintenance” is available as a Name Your Price release now on their Bandcamp page. Check it out!