Chicago rapper ProbCause’s Drifters thrives in its versatility, with a thread of enthusiasm and self-satisfaction remaining constant throughout the 12-song album. Live instrumentation is sprinkled into the production with sprawling subject matter that ranges from enchanting explorations of romantic companionship on “Portrait” to a dream state of skepticism on “Wake Up” and later the slacker-friendly serenading of “The Woods.” Debuted by Red Bull Music, Drifters reveals the highly collaborative and vibrant musical community within the city of Chicago. ProbCause remarked, “I work with a lot of really talented musicians in Chicago so it was a very organic thing to involve them in the production process.Will Miller from a band called The O’My’s plays horns on a lot of the songs and really helped take the album to another level,” he added. “[This album] is much more musical than anything I’ve made in the past.” The album contains production from Gramatik, the Geek x Vrv, Exmag, GRiZ, Drew Mantia,Cofresi, Wes P, Breakscience and Mike Irish. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
Drifters follows an 18-city tour that spanned the East Coast and South in June, and comes prior to a performance at the North Coast Festival and hitting the road in the Midwest for his own headliningDrifters Tour. The Chicago rapper announced the project via Consequence of Sound in July with “I Feel U,” the first single that’s since eclipsed 180K plays on SoundCloud. Released via Gramatik’sLowtemp Music, the final teaser came earlier this week when Complex shared the juke/footwork-inspired “M.I.A.,” the project’s second track and a tone-setter of Drifters. Influenced in equal parts by punk groups like Chicago’s Screeching Weasel and jazz greats like Charlie Mingus, ProbCause gravitated toward hip-hop as a teenage – he liked classic ’90s hip-hop groups like A Tribe Called Questand The Roots, but he was especially inspired by the rappers he saw participating in open mics and other events as part of the active Chicago underground. ProbCause’s Drifters is now available for stream and purchase.
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