Mestozi is a rapper/guitarist from the Midwest who makes music influenced in anti-imperialist traditions of folk and hip-hop and humbly raps over a live construction of loops and samples from an MPC while picking jazz and bluesy folk guitar breaks. Peak Communication is his recent release that explores these ideas.
The album has a variety of flavors and something about the shorter vignettes had me thinking of Prefuse 73. You could say the one constant is his rapping style which is fluid and smooth.
“Walang Pangalan” is the opening track and this is the sort of minimalism you can expect from the album. There's a drum loop, a couple samples and a notable jazzy lead guitar. It’s a great groove that certainly plays into some of the textures I hear when listening to jazz.
“The Heighest” is one of the highlights. It’s a sparse track with guitar and piano parts interacting with each other. There is plenty of space to hear his words which are ambiguous and interpretative.
As the album progresses there are plenty of different textures your ears can appreciate - the Eastern and mysterious tones of “Moon Red,” the ’80s infused “Unfortunate Situation” as well as the smooth and lounge-y “Huxley.”
He has more success with “Lord Of Land FU (feat. Pico)” and “It's Hard To Explain.” I felt “Arcadia, Still” was a highlight that fuses acoustic guitar with some more traditional singing. “Reading The Put Across” and “Get With It” felt like roads that lead to the immersive “Tilted.” He ends strong with the atmospheric “Might As Well Fight” and “Named.”
This album has a great flow from beginning to end. By the time I got to the last song I felt like a had a good grasp of his unique style of rapping. Recommended.
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