Torch (aka Moka Only) Psychodelic

Torch (aka Moka Only) Psychodelic
With album after album of self-produced beats, Psychodelic is a refreshing switch for Moka Only, even if the label situation looks a little low budget. Still, producer/label head Tre must have had enough money to get Moka to lace almost 21 of his beats (there are a few instrumentals) for this album, and Moka is in fine form. He flips styles, harmonizes a little bit and continuously kicks it in his effortless, laidback swagger, but he also displays a newfound enthusiasm, perhaps in part energized by what he calls his "musical vacation," or beat break, on "Key In the Ignition." Or maybe it's from replacing his jazzy, lo-fi basement beats with the heavier funk of Tre's crisp, clean, catchy and sometimes quirky production. Whatever it is, the collaboration works. The beats are perfect for Moka and the result is a damn fine addition to the Moka Only catalogue and a great debut for Tre. (Threat House)