A little more than a year ago, Mello Music Group brought together all their talented label signees and associated acts and put together two volumes worth of a project called Mandala.
This year, they’ve gathered up the troops again to release a sixteen-track project called Persona. I’ve heard a handful of the singles and I’ve been excited since I first heard Kool Keith tell us he’s leasing spaceships over some eerie, black-and-white soundscape done by L’Orange. I’m slightly disappointed that we’ve already heard both the Open Mike Eagle tracks, but they’re a couple of my favorites from the project. Others that really stand out include the piercing, dusty “Troubles” with Apollo Brown and Masta Ace, the rough, stinging vocal-sampling “Circles Around Circles” by L’Orange and Gift of Gab, and the serenading, soothing outro by Quelle Chris and Bilal.
Check it out below via their Bandcamp.