TRACK REVIEW – FLUME – SMOKE & RETRIBUTION FT. VINCE STAPLES & KUCKA

In the latest of a series of new singles from Australian electronic producer Flume, west coast rapper Vince Staples hops on a nostalgic and lo-fi synth filled beat, with Aussie singer KUCKA providing a sweet hook to contrast against Staples’ abrasive and heated delivery. Whilst the lyrical content is decent, it seems that the underdog prevails on this track, as the glitch-hop instrumental sounds great alongside KUCKA’s vocal stylings, and fits much better for this beat compared to Staples’ conventional west coast flow. Although the intriguing synths and KUCKA’s innocent aesthetic are the real hooks on this track, Staples still proves himself to be a more than competent MC, and one that is gaining more traction and exposure since his well-received LP Summertime ’06 which dropped in 2015.

7/10

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