Bayou is a guy. He makes very cool electronic music. His latest mixtape brings together all his previous one-off Soundcloud releases
Get it free here, or pay for it on iTunes. Seriously. Get. It. Now.
Here’s the stream…
Daye Jack’s Hello World isn’t the best mixtape I’ve heard this year, but it’s the best one I’ve heard this month. And it is definitely one of the more varied mixtapes I’ve heard this year. It seems to bounce between a harsh, almost Mystikal-like delivery and a mellow, laid-back flow over new age beats that glide seductively across the ear (think Chance the Rapper without as many heavy drug references).
He’s an NYU student who hails form Atlanta, which explains the almost schizophrenic way he bounces between these two styles.
Lyrically, Daye Jack needs to get smoe more experience. He doesn’t have enough to say yet–he seems to be finding his center–but he’s definitely one to watch. His style feels effortless and polished at the same time–perfect for a major label in the late 1990s, but these days he’s not quite commercial enough. And that’s a compliment. It means he doesn’t sound like every other rapper out there.
Stream a few tracks, and if you dig it then download the whole mixtape for free at DATPIFF.
Sweaters & Cigarettes is the modern day version of backpacker rap. Remember that subgenre, used to refer to hip hop that appealed to college kids, skateboarders, and an audience that was generally more diverse than other rap crowds. It was the old music of Common and Q-Tip. Today’s backpacker rappers are still affected by a broad spectrum of influences, but the indie sensibility runs higher. The hook is more like a chorus than a repeated break between bars. It’s more musical.
Atlas Greene is a champion of this kind of autobiographical work, and this album is about his experience going through college. It’s terrific. It reflects the struggle of being an artist in the internet world, and having those existential “who am I” moments that we all have when we graduate and have to “grow up.” “I got 99 problems and getting this done is one of them. I’m going through a break down,” he says.