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TIEN brings it in Invitation

by wruc

A few weeks ago at WRUC we ran into a copy of Invitation. It’s the freshman shot by TIEN, and artist from LA, funded on Kickstarter.

TIEN brings a mix of funk, soul, and r&b to a record that feels like a genuinely viable popular success. The hooks groove like hell, the lyrics are poppy, and track 5 (“Invitation”) has a couple killer lines on the electric organ.

Also check out track 3: “Peaceful, Patient”

Milo’s “a toothpaste suburb”

by Staff

Hellfyre Club, the label/rap collective based in Los Angeles, California, has been churning out boundary challenging hip-hop projects the past few years by artists like Busdriver and Open Mike Eagle. Hellfyre’s newly recruited member, milo, has a very distinct sound with his spoken word like delivery, atmospheric instrumentals, and abstract lyricism. This is his first official release and it does not disappoint. milo’s lyricism is on point as ever, making many clever pop culture and philosophical references. The production is spacey and lets milo’s lyricism take full effect and the features on the album are also satisfying. I would recommend this album to any rap fan, it’s fantastic.