free download: donchristian’s ‘renzo piano’ is spaced out hip-hop and soul at its best. #soundcheck

July 21, 2014

This is spaced out hip-hop and soul at its best. Once again, I’m in a hospital waiting for X-rays. My left lung may or may not be collapsed. Tramadol is distorting my perception of things. And I can think of no better soundtrack than DONCHRISTIAN’s latest LP Renzo Piano.

Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor

This is spaced out hip-hop and soul at its best. Chillwave production makes this the sonic equivalent of one of Dali’s melting clocks. Literate and ubernerd references abound from “Odysseus” to “Liu Kang.” On tracks like “Navigator,” DONCHRISTIAN lays out a 21st century smoothness proving himself worthy of association with his uncle, the great King of the Slow-Jam Teddy Pendergrass (hallowed be his name). The retro Le1f collaboration “SS14” finds the common thread between Native Tongues and Toro Y Moi.

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The best track is the Dru Chris and Han Sol produced “Flowers.” The lofi/hifi production gives the track an honesty and an immediacy. It’s totally unique and stunning. I have no doubt that folks will criticize the distorted samples, but this is maybe the world’s first punk slow jam, and it should be celebrated!

The X-rays have come back. The collapse is small enough that I can go home. But not before I download Renzo Piano. It’s free. You should download it too. Pain meds not included.

Photo above by Shawn Theodore