Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Moleskines & Pocket Squares by James Gardin

     James Gardin, the artist formally known as P.H.I.L.T.H.Y. humbly presents his latest five-track EP, Moleskines & Pocket Squares. The EP is entirely produced by Trebles and Blues and he presents some great jazz inspired and soulful beats for Gardin to rhyme over. 

     Lyricism is quite abundant on this five track EP. Gardin speaks on topics that every man can relate to and his flow and style match the beats fairly well. He isn't the artist that will have crazy one-liners that will flip you out, however, he does give the listeners very smooth lyrics that paint pictures and tell stories. 

     Gardin also brings some great hooks to his tracks. Not necessarily the radio-style hooks some listeners may be expecting, but hooks that help tell the story or theme to the song. This can be a truly unmeasured quality in the indie hip-hop world, and it is something that need not be overlooked. 

     Trebles & Blues, the LA resident provided the backbone to this EP. Though the beats don't differ too much from track to track, they still do a great job at giving the listener some mood music. Meaning that theses songs aren't particularly tracks you will want to listen to all the time, but they serve a purpose when we need relatable music, and the beats help set that relatable emotion. Trebles & Blues takes big inspiration from jazz, soul, and funk music and that can be heard through the duration of the project. 

     Having one emcee and one producer is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to make an album. That being said I'd like to see Gardin make a full-length project with Trebles & Blues because the two complement each other's sounds and styles well.

     Though this EP won't break any huge barriers, it will provide you with some quality music to listen to, and maybe even relate to. The beats are fairly sound, and they blend well with Gardin's style of artistry. Moleskines & Pocket Squares is an EP for everyone so go check it out and let me know what you think! 

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