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Following the release of their critically acclaimed album ‘Pentagon Memoirs’ (2016) – which sits at a well deserve place at number four on NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten Albums of 2016 list – I have a very strange feeling that Cloen Solomon III (3Bubble) and Justin Gray (J. GRAY) are going to create just as much buzz (if not more) with their brand new album LFTP Season Vol.1.
Unlike ‘Pentagon Memoirs’ which boasts charged up summer anthems, the guys take a complete detour with ‘LFTP Season Vol.1 and adopt a predominately laid back vibe of old school soul – a tingling sensation that the nine-track set introduces with ‘Vibin’ where the alluring contribution of the saxophone adds that magical touch.
Just in case you’re wondering what ‘LFTP’ stands for – it’s Live From The Pentagon – the name of their label. Like their previous albums, they showcase some of the most promising recruits, such as RAGS and King Kelechi, coming from their hometown Houston – and these recruits are on a serious mission to bring back old school/golden hip-hop through track ‘LFTP Squad’.
Further along the album, seventh offering ‘How Long’ respectfully interrupts the laid-back/retro flow and brings the collection right up to date with its bold, counter rhythmic loop that reverberates throughout the track. Returning to the original theme, ‘LFTP Season Vol.1’ concludes with their prominent tale of their life struggles. ‘Leave Me Now’ gives a glimpse into the darkest hours of loneliness and their increasingly mistrust in friends and close ones around them.
Like its predecessor, ‘LFTP Season Vol.1’ is an instantly likeable set; so infectious that it has a strong potential in making it NEW LEASE MUSIC’s next album of the year list and beyond. Check it out here.