2012's "The Last Great" was a victorious entrance that had given MaLLy a lot of noise around the Twin Cities. The years and dedication of countless shows, rigorous studio sessions with Sundance Kid, and a purposeful sight on the aim of his musicianship has ultimately left the question: how can one of the year's best local albums be spoken to?
"Strange Rhythm" is that answer (or at least a taste--as news of a sophomore album have been swirling). His debut was bent of shaping the personality and desire of MaLLy, his dreams and downfalls being plainly put on display. This is transplanted somewhat on this EP.
One of the biggest changes in transition is producer Last Word taking the place as beat master. His style is slick, polished and precise. Often times his work ranges with haunting synthesizers, high-energy R&B singers to verbose orchestrated intros. He brings out a side of the rapper that was not seen in his previous work, but at somewhat of a sacrifice: the precision may create interesting setups and consistent songs, but it lacks the same grand environment as Sundance Kid so vibrantly gave. It's a situation of precision versus organics. Both work well for MaLLy, but in different ways for varying results.
Ultimately, Strange Rhythm contains as vicious of a spirit as its predecessor. MaLLy did an excellent job putting a high level of enthusiasm into the EP. However, the fleshed out personality seen before isn't as predominately on display. More of an emphasis on themes of individuality and pursuing independence from a sea of other rappers is shown. The album may not be as much of a fresh breath of air as "The Last Great", but it still proves for a vital listen.His determination paired with such slick production helps validates the hype surrounding the up and coming rapper.
"Dead Art Painting"; "We All In"; "Every Promise"; "Wonderful World"
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