Following a handful of freeleases, Harlem rap experimenter Le1f has announced he's inked up with Terrible Records and XL to deliver his first commercial release, Hey. The EP first arrives digitally March 11, with a 12-inch vinyl release to follow on May 6.
A press release for the five-song set notes that this time around, Le1f is working atop beats from Matrixxman, Harry B, Dubbel Dutch and "Soda" collaborator Boody. While featuring four new tunes, the mini-release also resuscitates Le1f's 2012 single "Wut," first heard on his Dark York mixtape, though this is a newly recorded version of the track.
As a taste of what to expect from the EP, you can check out icy, snare-papping new tune "Boom" and the faux-horn honkin' "Wut" down below.
The Hey EP comes ahead of an as-yet-undetailed full-length LP, also due through Terrible/XL later this year. Though little exists in the form of concrete details, Le1f told Billboard that the upcoming effort takes influence from M.I.A. and Dizzee Rascal. More details are expected to arrive in the coming months.
"I've been trying to make songs for that record that are really personal and honest and deal with serious issues in an accessible way," he said. "Not political, but sociopolitical."