Harry Fraud, the progenitor of “wavy” New York hip-hop production, just released a new 17-minute EP called High Tide via Scion A/V. The suite's five songs are markedly unlike one another, fitting with the producer's comment that he used the release as an excuse to “explore whatever sounds [he] wanted.” The opening number, "Rising," is an abrasive rap-rock experiment featuring horrorcore legend Tech N9ne. “Loopy” is Harry’s take on Mike Will Made It/Zaytoven-style spacey trap rattle, and “Tell Em Bout It” features Mistah F.A.B. with a smooth Bay area gangsta rap instrumental to match. The French Montana/Action Bronson vehicle “Mean” employs a classic Coke Wave-era beat that will make you miss Max B., and syrupy, atonal goof-off “Yacht Lash” features clever rhymes from the invariably clever Earl Sweatshirt and Riff Raff reading a handpicked collection of his Tweets (“Rap game “I Dream of Jeanie,” Mylanta references, etc.) High Tide is another solid Harry Fraud release, on which the producer changes masks while somehow keeping everything in that timeless, smoked-out textural space which is his alone. Download it below, or stream it at DatPiff.
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