Freez & Mike Frey, a rapper-producer duo from Minneapolis, Minnesota, deliver their second album in the form of Freez’s Frozen French Freys.
I have to tip my hat to Freez & Mike Frey. In the wake of MC’S like Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson, the Midwest duo has been able to take the grit and rawness of the East coast 90s sound, but update it in a way that doesn’t sound stale. Rather, Freez & Mike Frey’s sound is expansive and experimental; it’s like the soundtrack of the future over boom-bap drums. You could walk down the street feeling like ’93 Sean Carter in Marcy projects with the drums, but the jazz samples would probably go well with an acid trip. It works surprisingly well.
For better or for worse, Vibes could not be more of a fitting name for Theophilus London’s sophomore album following his 2011 debut, Timez Are Weird These Days. London’s signature electro-pop sound is the basis of the project and is prevalent throughout every track. On the highly-anticipated effort, listeners can expect the Trinidad-born American rapper to bend multiple genres, including post punk, soul pop, and R&B, while giving the album an overall 80s feel.
Right away the songs’ energies flow incredibly well together, and within the first couple seconds of each song, heads will bop to the dreamy production. However the music’s pitfall is that it may be so hypnotic that the lyrics’ meaning and power are lost or overlooked. This arguably limits the ability of the album to contain many notable stand-alone tracks.