19 September, 2013@11:41 pm
Legendary Bay Area hip-hop duo Latyrx recently announced that their first album in 16 years, titled The Second Album, will be released November 5th. Brooklyn Vegan has just premiered the lead single from the album, “Exclamation Point,” produced by and featuring jazz rapper Forrest Day. Known for their experimental and adventurous approach to sonic landscapes and lyrical content, Latyrx’s members Lateef the Truth Speaker and Lyrics Born were at the forefront of an underground Bay Area hip-hop movement of the late 1990s alongside the likes of DJ Shadow and Blackalicious, and fans have eagerly waited nearly two decades for new material.
On their upcoming album, which features a laundry list of guest talent that includes members of Tune Yards, Anticon, Living Colour, The Decemberists, and Blackalicious to name a few, “Exclamation Point” is perhaps one of the most accessible and commercial friendly tracks. Relying on a stomping drum beat, a simple piano chord progression and fluttering synths as Forrest Day sing/raps a laid back and catchy hook, the song instantly recalls Latyrx’s signature alternative hip-hop sensibilities and feels like the duo has picked up just where they left off, never missing a beat.
Latyrx have been garnering a lot of attention lately after performing at Hiero Day 2013 in front of 11,700 attendees and getting airplay from Aaron AxelsEn, music director of Live 105 and responsible for breaking Radiohead, Foster the People, Green Day, Coldplay, and The Killers. The duo is currently touring to promote the new album, with several stops along the West Coast.
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