Published Jun 13, 2014Rapper Tachichi and producer Gordski (The Goods) introduce their new collaboration project Felt Lovejoy with a five-song EP ahead of the release of their full-length. The group name might give the impression of soft rap ballads and feel-good music, but Gordski's normally smooth boom-bap production is exchanged for a filthy sound built on heavy drums and low-end synth, while Tachichi's distinct delivery of his braggadocio battle raps (with a bit of political and social commentary thrown in for good measure) is raw and aggressive, displaying a hunger reminiscent of his early releases.
While there is little need to skip anything on this short EP, "Boxcutter Boogie" is a definite highlight, opening the album on a high note as T and guest rapper Quake demonstrate why they are two of Halifax's best over Gordski's banging drums and near-constant low-end synth, all juxtaposed with higher synth sounds on the chorus and a smooth, soulful hook from Kaleb Simmonds that burrows into the brain. "Dunkin' Go Nuts" is also a highlight, its reggae vibe sounding the most like Gordski's usual production style. The bouncy, stripped back beat of "Broke Boys Theme Song" offers a great opportunity for T to really ride the beat, blasting other rappers like it's a verbal drive-by. Felt Lovejoy is some of the freshest work done by these two rap vets in years. It's well worth the free download. (Independent)