Alpha23 – “Reel Ones” + “Re-Up”


Kicking off the year with the excellent “Ease Up,” Atlanta-based Alpha23 has released a steady stream of singles since. “Reel One” and “Reel Ones” showed a deftly unique vein of hip-hop with pop-forward hooks and confident lyrical vigor. The latter is particularly entrancing, with responsive vocals from Kimmie! meshing with the precise flow of Alpha23. The lush bass and nocturnal synth tones play excellently throughout, alongside consuming lyrics that show a mutual affection. “Re-Up” is the latest single, a confident and rhythmically precise gem with a creepy key-laden beat and lyrics with vigor. These tracks show a quickly rising talent, with numerous new releases in the weeks and months ahead.

“Reel Ones” is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Hip-Hop.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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