“Flex Your Gold”

    It’s been a solid morning for left-field boom-bap. We’ve heard new tracks from Exile and kechPhrase, both of whom complemented our post-Super Bowl hangovers with weeded bravado. And now, we’re getting lost in the swirling hip-hop/electronic vibes of Cities Aviv on “Flex Your Gold.” Like his previous material, this new single evokes memories of getting all sorts of messed up with Three 6 Mafia serving as the soundtrack. But there’s also a strong sense that he was also listening to the music of oddball rap kings Kool Keith and MF DOOM, the latter of which might explain Aviv’s keen ear for sampling. That part of his skill set is particularly strong on “Flex Your Gold,” which you can stream below and download on Bandcamp.