Hello once again everyone, it’s LORDHERETIC here with another music review by way of Houston producer and DJ Mikal Jones. Mikal has a long history in the underground creating beats for the likes of 777fury, oknice, dedd and myself! Today we dive into his solo offering titled “23”.
The title track “23” featuring 777fury starts us off. A smooth snare with a tilting melody following the every infamous “it’s fury baby, she loves cuz I’m known to keep it real”. fury brings his signature sound to the track, giving us another chapter to help look into a life he came from. Nothing less than perfection from one of the underground’s best duos.
“LOVE2HATE - instrumental remix” follows. A synth laden sample peeks thru a radio filter straight into a hip hop beat with a snappy aggressive snare. This beat gives me the feeling of driving around a big city in the middle of a summer night. Cigarette lit, I find myself humming along to the melody and bouncing to the hi hat, day dreaming of a time that once was.
The third track titled “Trip” starts with an eerie synth accompanied by muffled drums, slowly the introduction of more and more instruments show. After a break drum break, we are welcomed back into the psychedelic soundscape we have found ourselves in. To be so honest, this type of trippy boom bap instrumental is some of my personal favorite from Mikal.
“Guemes” is the 4th Track from this project and what a pleasant treat. A soft melody into a fast paced hi had and a pleasant baseline, this one gave me intense PS2 era, ssx tricky vibes. Just something to plug in, play and lose yourself in.
“Untitled 2 3 23 - interlude” brings us to the halfway point of this project. A drawn out intro bring us into a big drum stampede, a tempo reminiscent of marching music. But rather than a war march, maybe something to give us the sense that we need to march on. Against all odds, against ourselves at times.
Next up, “Corner Store” gives us a slow piano into a fast hi hat and not quite a snare, not quite a snap but something entirely delicious to the ear. This reminds me of early 2000s southern/Florida club music. Something to forsure shake that ass to.