The sequel to the “Psycadelphia” EP back in 2009. Floco returns to Psycadelphia after leaving it ruins after an unsuccessful start. During his departure, he left behind many that he brought along in order to find his true purpose of creating the world to begin with. This is the story of rebuilding a world and convincing those that believe in it to allow him to lead one last time. Welcome. Again….
One of my favourite rappers to emerge this year is Floco Torres. Though he’s been around for a few years, it’s his work this year that’s really brought him to our attention, and this 12-track sequel to one of his earliest works provides not only a lengthy addition to the libraries of his new fans, but also a nice nod toward his oft-overlooked back catalogue. Haven’t managed to give this a run through yet, and despite my recent listening habits momentarily sitting away from hip-hop, I’ll certainly break that spell to add this to my playlists- given his previous penchant for diverse, ecelctic track types, there’s bound to be something to fit most moods. Stream here, or grab the album below.
Floco Torres-Psycadelphia Two
Floco’s Psycadelphia Two is set for release on 16th September, and he’s kindly allowed OTU to be the first site to throw this track out there. Let’s be honest- knowing my naturally-critical nature, it’s probably riskier than Floco realises.
Thankfully, the music holds up. If V For Vendetta had a rap soundtrack (the novel, not the film), this would be a surefire inclusion- it’s dark, moody and full of grounded, everyday lyricism that makes it both realistic and relatable. The former is important: often, rap tends to focus on the (currently) unattainable or centre around a lifestyle that many won’t get anywhere near- it’s hard to criticise that for many rappers, as it’s just simply where their mindset dwells in their current circumstance, but it is generally fantasy talk for listeners. This clearly comes from a place of everyday regularity, and hence it’s not only relatable but also familiar in places, and hence paints a much more realistic mental image. The gritty, industrial production helps to bring out the lyricism further, and though the distortion level on the vocals is a little overdone (occassionally distracting attention away from the lyrical content), it’s an enjoyably dark, anti-authority all-rounder that might just soundtrack your next (comic) book reading.
After ending a 3 year relationship & a 15 hour drive, it was time to be “real” with myself and quit music. I went home to be around people that would only tell me I’m f**king up if it was actually true. Although I didn’t tell that to Infinite Quest at first, we started recording an untitled EP for fun while I was home for the holidays. I walked around my old neighborhood, took the train, met up with a few old friends & just wrote everything I wanted to say at the time as if this was my last project. All the shit we went through to not lose these songs, I wanted to present them as best as I could, & the ones that I couldn’t, I’d give you a disclaimer that I want you to hear them anyway (One Step Away). You can download for free or donate as usual. From us, to you, we hope you enjoy this EP in all it’s flaws and awesomeness.
Normally, I avoid letting the artist’s intro take up too much room on my posts, but here I’ll break the rule as it paints the picture of this EP beautifully. Whilst the releases we’ve had so far have completely stood up on their own merit, with Floco’s personal lyrics being a highlight, and that interesting backstory lends further depth to what promises to be an excellent EP release. Can’t wait to get this into my iTunes, and you can stream, download and/or buy it below.
It’s a funny thing to say, but the clarity of Floco’s raps makes all of his music a lot easier to listen to. It doesn’t hurt that’s he’s a pretty smart guy too. Surprising eh? Not being a slurry idiot makes for good music. Shocking.
With the Celebratory Screams, Childhood Dreams EP finally given a release date of 8th July, Floco and Infinite Quest let loose of another good effort from the project. The production blends crisp percussion in with drifty synths for a relatively laidback production with welcomed moments of vibrancy- the most notable example would be the fast-paced electronic melody in the hook, which helps to add a little dynamism to proceedings. The lyrics are a refreshingly honest listen, running through the experience of a bad relationship and breakup, with a hint of uplifting and motivational qualities that put a positive slant on Floco’s introspection. It’s not often you get that sort of lyrical subject without it coming off whiny, and this is a good example of how to deliver that level of openness without sounding like you need a pillow to cry into. Another likeable effort, and that EP can’t come soon enough.
We don’t get them often, but when Floco drops off new tracks, it’s generally worth paying attention. His eclectic, multi-faceted nature is always a well-rounded listen, and this new effort from the upcoming Celebratory Screams, Childhood Dreams EP is no different.
That entire EP has board work helmed by Infinite Quest, who works with Floco to serve up a fantastic live instrumentation for the backdrop. From the sharp, crashing percussion work through to the delicate piano keys, it’s a fantastically organic production with few ‘digital’ elements, outside of the light melodies that enter the fray around the hook and outro. That elemental style of production makes for very refreshing listening in today’s synthesised hip-hop scene, evoking the memory of early work from The Roots, whilst also ensuring Floco needs to be at top form to overcome such a dominant backdrop. Admittedly, the piercing nature of the percussion does sporadically break beyond his vocal work, but for the most part his work is extremely solid, switching between several deliveries to keep on top of the dynamic production, whilst his autobiographical and often inspirational lyricism offers an openness that complements the aforementioned organics in the instrumentation. Certainly worth a listen, and look out for that EP soon.
I was a big fan of Floco’s Catch Me, and having slacked a little on his material since, allow me to make up for that with this excellent cut from his upcoming joint EP with Infinite Quest, titled Celebratory Screams, Childhood Dreams.
A crunching percussion will win over many immediately, with the live drums making for a clean and crisp opening that sets the track up nicely, before soft melodies join the fray along with Floco’s energetic raps. Despite the production being a simple, thoroughly excellent listen, it’s Floco’s raps that reel me in here: his delivery is commendably clear (it’s surprising how hard you have to work to properly hear some MCs), the lyricism is hopeful and has a good storytelling angle, with each verse progressing through his journey to and evening in the city, and the track coming to a crawl at the end as his evening closes in a drunken state.
It’s an unfussy and relatable track, facets which extend to the video courtesy of everyday shots, from train journeys to walking around the streets at night, and of course the aftermath of a night out. Floco’s energy and enthusiasm once again permeate the screen to cap off a great audiovisual, one with a completeness belying his underground status.
One that popped up in my inbox recently, and it’s a slice of hip-hop with a fun edge that’ll definitely win some folk over.
The production has a pretty jovial nature, combining some excellent live percussion with a few sharp guitar strums and a bouncy melody for an energetic and upbeat backdrop that has that ‘stuck in your head’ quality. It’s a nice blend of hip-hop and alternative, and given that blends of those two genres tend to be ‘edgy and serious’, this makes for a positive departure from that predictability.
Floco’s raps are honest and likeable, and the confidence is certainly present as he seeks to prove himself with each bar, though it’s the man himself that seems to really stand out-throughout the video Torres is great fun to watch, combining a little mischief with a lot of charisma for a performance that suggests this is an upcomer with a lot of self-assuredness. It’s a welcome change from the angry, driven rapper clawing for a spot, and let’s hope there’s more to come. You can grab this track on his 10,000 Hours EP right now.