BZRK is perhaps the most promising entity to have popped onto the Nashville hip-hop landscape in 2013. With three impressive releases already under their belt, the BZRK crew seems primed for a big year in 2014. A few days ago, they released the first teaser from their upcoming album Local Anesthetic in the form of two songs that didn’t make the final track list: “New Planes” and “FoReal.”
Local Anesthetic, the follow-up to ThirdEye G and Caveman’s Halloween doubleheader, is an ambitious project that puts the two foremost BZRKers side by side, a la Raekwon and Ghostface or Starlito & Don Trip. It follows the narrative started by Caveman on his solo debut, Fucking Hip Hop. For those in need of a refresher, Fucking Hip Hop is somewhat ironically titled, as the album samples exclusively from local bands, none of which are hip-hop acts. Instead, Fucking Hip Hop pulls from the local punk and DIY scenes, sampling Karoshi, Sky Burial and Altars of Complaint, among others.
“FoReal” is an impressive track that ThirdEye G spits on solo, but it’s “New Planes” that is the instant standout from the duo of Local Anesthetic rejects. It is a genre-bending head-bopper built around two Gnarwhal favorites, “New Booty” and “Asbestosis.” “New Planes” is the first in a string of collaborations that the BZRK boys and hardcore math-rock duo Gnarwhal have been working on. There’s talk of an upcoming BZRK/Gnarwhal cassette single, though current details on that are minimal. I suppose it’s fair to say we can also expect more BZRK and Gnarwhal magic on the final cut of Local Anesthetic. Hear both tracks after the jump or via Soundcloud, and stay tuned.
Speaking of genre-fusing local rappers, outsider extraordinaire Mountainwalker (one-half of the magic behind November’s American Rhapsody) is back with his first new music of the year. “Southern Smoke” is the first single from Innocence Lost: Mixtape No. 2. Stream it below, or buy it via 'Walker's Bandcamp page.
Mountainwalker continues to raise the bar with his unorthodox sound and approach. “Southern Smoke” is built on a more rock ‘n’ roll version of a melody that could easily have been the backbone of an Outkast or UGK song. On top of it, Mountainwalker spits a clever and seductive verse delivered in his one-of-a-kind flow. I could continue to break it down for you, or I could defer to Mountainwalker himself, who ends the song with this couplet:
Johnny Cash of rap
It’s simple and contagious
This is country music. This my country’s music
Watch me as i use it
Elegant and soothing