StewRat – HeadLights

StewRat, producer from Springfield, Ohio, isn’t J Dilla or Flying Lotus or 9th Wonder. Though, he sure sounds like them.  And, HeadLights isn’t so much an album as it is a sample platter. In “Never Last” he takes lines from Bobby Caldwell’s “Down for the Third Time”. Then he recreates Linda Perhacs’ obscure, oddball track, “Hey, Who Really Cares?” into “Changes” a slow, sweet, guitar splash production. He’s taking a fresh look at an established style; he’s using slices of high-pitched vocals coupled with a walk-the-street bass line and an insane ear for melodic shifts. His music is sometimes Sci-Fi, R&B, Hip-Hop, Soul, but it’s always interesting. Put this into your iTunes library and start freestyling immediately. 8.5/10

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