Flirkin’ is an impressive record, produced almost entirely by Nephew, Jung Youth’s frequent collaborator and longtime friend. Indeed, on first listen, Flirkin’s production and overall cohesion are the first things to truly stand out. It's a reflective and stream-of-consciousness-oriented release, and Nephew’s production does a good job of navigating between different moods as the EP progresses. With each additional listen, the chemistry between the duo becomes more apparent. Jung’s lyricism and R&B vocals also start to become more impressive in their own right.
On “Get It While You’re Here,” Youth displays his chops as a songwriter and vocalist. The song is a classic, new-school R&B single that’s surprisingly reminiscent of UK garage pioneers like The Streets and Just Jack. It’s the kind of song that could be a crossover-radio hit. Same with tracks like “There It Iz (That’s That Sh*t)” and “This Needs More.” In fact, “There It Iz (That’s That Sh*t)” epitomizes the unabashed, poppy vibe that makes Flirkin’ such an enjoyable listen. Jung Youth’s newest EP is one of the most accessible records I’ve heard in Nashville hip-hop this year. It’s pure pop enjoyment, with a surprising amount of depth and musicality.
That’s it folks. This week’s "Numbah 4,080" is a bit abbreviated. Download Flirkin’ right now via Bandcamp, or stream it after the jump. And if you have any cool hip-hop/R&B to show me, hit me up on Twitter or email cream[at]nashvillescene[dot]com.