After being urged by a few friends, some which know my musical taste, to listen to Smino‘s debut album blkswn, I decided to take a listen yesterday. Needless to say I was blown away. Outside of Smino’s unique and eccentric flow, the production was a dream. I immediately went to the liner notes and saw that most of the album was produced by Monte Booker. I went through his soundcloud and was taken on a trip. His latest offering “butta” was released a few days before blkswn and it’s like warm spring air against the face of my inner Frankie Knuckles.
The track is an instrumental just over 4 minutes and is a dream soundscape of house and hip-hop. The Soulection signee mashes together heavy drum kicks and dreamy synths with repetitive vocals that become a focal chant of the track. The chi-town native does an exceptional job of capturing the essence of his city’s style of house music with a modern twist.
Stream “butta” below.