Monday, July 3, 2017

Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists) featuring Syne - "Hose Down"

It's been twelve years since the last album from The Perceptionists, aka Mr. Lif and Akrobatik. In recent years, Mr. Lif had a near death experience in a tour bus crash and Akrobatik had heart surgery. Both events led to the reunion of The Perceptionists.

"Hose Down" is directly inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the near constant reports of police brutality. For a hip hop song, the music is kept to a bare minimum, really barely more than beats. It's awkward sounding and slightly out of tune, which fits the mood of the song perfectly. It's hardly a banger, but it's one of the most tense songs you'll hear all year. It feels the way Wu-Tang used to feel, but more intense.

You can watch the video for "Hose Down" below. The Perceptionists' new album, Resolution, will be out July 28. You can pre-order a copy at Bandcamp. You can also get a copy of their previous single, "Grab Hold," for free on Bandcamp. For more on Mr. Lif and Akrobatik, you can check out Mr. Lif's website and Acrobatik's Facebook.

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