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.
omfg imma need like 2,3 face towels and a rack of fiji water to play these new songs live wtf was i thinking __^_^
— Le1f ☥(@LE1FNY) January 25, 2013