Asher Roth & Nottz RAWTH

Asher Roth & Nottz <i>RAWTH</i>
Following last year's breakthrough party anthem "I Love College", Pennsylvania MC Asher Roth keeps things similarly playful on his new free digital EP RAWTH. Dude just sounds downright pleasant talking about his old hood on opening cut "Don'tcha Wanna Be? (My Neighbor)." The track, which also features Toronto singer-songwriter Colin Munroe on the Mr. Rogers-indebted hook, finds Roth waxing on playing little league and how awesome that Arrested Development song "Mr. Wendel" was.

Musically, producer Nottz unleashes a number of head-scratching beats on the outing. "Breaking Bread" builds upon the twinkling harp plucks of Joanna Newsom's "Sprout and the Bean" with syrupy synth lines and a heavy boom-bap beat. Other oddball choices include sampling Harry Nilsson's jaunty piano number "Gotta Get Up" on Roth's hip-hop hangover cure of the same name. Nottz also drops some sick verse as well, like on the a cappella breakdown on '70s soul-sampling "In My Mind."

You can download the whole EP here.