New Cadence Weapon: 88 (prod. by Grimes)

We last heard from Cadence Weapon (aka Rollie Pemberton, aka Edmonton’s poet laureate) in 2010, when he released the Tron Legacy mixtape, but we finally have news of proper follow-up to 2008’s Afterparty Babies.

Hope in Dirty City is due for release this spring, described by the obligatory PR material as “a unique hybrid of psychedelic soul, old school rap, IDM and mutant disco.” I’d expect nothing less from the man whose song (“Oliver Square”) has been my ringtone for, like, the past five years (I flinch and reach for my pocket every time I hear the opening bars).

The first new track we’re hearing, “88,” is an ode to the old school, produced by Montreal’s Grimes (even if Blueprint had a similar concept in ’05). This mere 1 minute and 52 seconds has me really psyched for the new album: “I’m a professional, kid / make ya feel infinitesimal / when I get ready to spit my confessional / like a congressional bid.”

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