We’re always chasing new dreams and exploring novel paths. It’s what drives innovation, knowledge, and, oftentimes, personal achievement. With this theme of ambition in mind, Potholes is proud to premiere the latest work of A-Plus, esteemed producer extraordinary and a founding member of two legendary hip-hop groups: Souls of Mischief and The Hieroglyphics.
Think Tank is a carefully curated body of work, serving as a return to familiar form after A-Plus ventured into the experimental world of electronic music with the release of Molly’s Dirty Water just last month. Though the timeless essence of forever classic beats like “From ’93 Till Infinity” is certainly difficult to recapture, the album features a wide array of varied rhythmic patterns, instruments and vibes that work to endorse A-Plus’s chops behind the boards. The drawn-out levels of bass on “Pull Away The Mask” make for a head-nodding affair, and the sweet electric guitar riff on introductory track “Happy New Year” will invade your mind, reluctant to leave. Characteristics of EDM – attributes carried over from Dirty Water – still lace Think Tank, allowing for instrumentals to take shape that would fit comfortably on projects belonging to both the 90s era and 2014 alike.
A relentlessly hard worker, A-Plus has succeeded in blending new and old. He has created something fresh, reminiscent of vintage hip-hop without giving way to the cheap stabs at nostalgia that so often plague rappers and producers trying to reimagine the “glory days” of the genre. Stream Think Tank below, the first in an upcoming series of instrumental projects from A-Plus. Stay tuned.