Since linking up in 2011, Flatbush psychedelic hip-hop duo the Underachievers have released a couple of mixtapes with a few genuinely great joints (Gold Soul Theory was one of my most-played songs of 2013). On their debut studio album, they continue to rap about New Age spirituality, the third eye and spreading knowledge. These guys are deep thinkers, and they unleash their philosophical musings and non-preachy positivity over 12 dense tracks packed with lush, ethereal and trippy production.
AK has caught up to fire-spitting partner Issa Gold in terms of breathless rapping. It almost seems like they're racing one another as they trade ferocious double-time rhymes.
On Amorphous, psych-rock collaborators Portugal the Man prove very complementary, serving up a wistful chorus. Ethereal uses a pretty western-indebted sample. Caprice, Sonorous and Metropolis have fierce, concert-ready hooks. But the standout track is the penultimate one: on Felicity, the pair emerge from the cloud-rap cloud for a moment of dreamy, poppy, melodious clarity.
Top track: Felicity
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