Clear Soul Forces - Still (Album)
Detroit's Quintessential Hip-Hop Quartet Make a Triumphant Return!
By: Fat Beats
Speaking on why Still sounds so organic and cohesively produced, group member Noveliss says, "Everyone's growth has made the creative process easier." He adds that CSF may have been a team before, but each member had to prove himself individually. "Now, we and the world know what's up, and it's all about bouncing off each other and being a unit on every song."
That sense of true teamwork and partnership is heard and felt on each track, from the neck-snapping opening track "Blaow (feat. DJ Odilon)" through to album closer "Don't Stop" that serves up a wild burner-to-banger beat-switch. Other instant highlights include "Hit Me Now," which Noveliss says features "all of the random things that describe CSF," and L.A.Z.'s favorite track "They Shootin'," which is also the album's lead single.
Those tracks, and the majority of the album, were produced by rapper-producer Ilajide, who complements his CSF brothers with beats primed for verses bursting with clever bravado, video game references, and head-spinning wordplay. Still is golden era Boom bap for the modern age, and it's delivered through a lens that's wholly unique to CSF. It's also one of integrity, because there's no fluff or superficial window dressing here—simply some of the best hip-hop you'll hear this year.
Head over to the retail outlet of your choice to support Still, which is available now through all major DSPs, as well as CD and a limited edition clear-or-gray marble vinyl configuration via Fat Beats Records!
01. Blaow (feat. DJ Odilon)
02. Hit Me Now
03. Diamond Rhymin' (prod. by Dom Sicily)
04. Sword Play (Nameless Remix)
05. Kick It
06. Dinner Time
07. They Shootin
08. Say (What)
09. Still Enterlude
10. Pump Pump
11. Don't Stop
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