TRACK: ‘$alty’ – OJ River

Listening to upcoming hip-hop artist OJ River’s “$alty” feels like simultaneously getting hypnotized and sucked in some limbo space. There’s a sheer calm in it, devoid of overbeat, overused, tripped-out techniques – almost bored, but not lazy or sloppy. There’s a faint echo of Earl Sweatshirt and Flying Lotus in it somewhere, with a clever glitchy loop (like a psychedelic version of morse code) and occasional abstract scratches produced by Neil Raymundo, known as SPNZ. Witty at times and chilly all over, “$alty” is just a swirl, good kind of fun. That is, if you let him and his boxes of goods– in.

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