Le1f – Fly Zone [mixtape]

29.01.13, Words by: Aimee Cliff

The last we heard from New York rapper Le1f, he was lending submerged vocals and twisted sonics to a murky collaborative project with producer Boody, resulting in the heady and heavy ‘Liquid’ EP. With that project, and with his hyperactive new ‘Fly Zone’ mixtape, Le1f is emerging as a constantly surprising, restlessly experimental voice-of-the-minute.

The sheer amount of collaborators on the tape – with input from Spank Rock, Kitty Pryde, Drippin and reams more – leads to a sound that veers around with an inexhaustible curiosity, and yet always stays anchored by a unifying ominous tone. There’s something at the core of Le1f’s music, something like a tense, prowling energy, that holds it all together – it’s an energy that he’s obviously nervous to re-create live (RE: the tweet below), but its fierce core is what gives this mixtape its bite.

Stream ‘Fly Zone’ below, courtesy of The Fader.

Greedhead and Camp & Street released Fly Zone on the 28th January 2013.

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