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Town favorite the Physics dropped a new EP today. Wish You Were Here is an exercise in refined, grown-man B.I. with the type of fully-formed music production values we’ve come to expect from the trio. I wrote a review of the album for City Arts magazine which you can read here.
The Physics are gearing up for the release of their new EP, Wish You Were Here, set to drop May 29. Catch them performing at Food & Sh*t’s special pop-up dinner at Pot in Los Angeles this Sunday, 5/24. Cop tickets to the WYWH album release party at Neumos on 5/29. And peep the latest drop from the album, “Sleeping Alone” (featuring Dave B), which rides and slides along like Jodeci circa 1993.
The Physics dropped the excellent one-off “About You” back in early March and followed-up the audio yesterday with an equally sterling music video directed by the 96 collective. In the clip, Thig refines low-key stunting which has become so vital to his public persona, Justo enjoys a sandwich and elicits a chorus of “Awwws” when he’s shown holding his baby daughter, and a grip of local kids sing the word “Love” which adds even greater warmth to a song that already immediately connects to the heart. Singer Camila Recchio brings it all home with her affecting chorus. The Physics remain Seattle’s most sophisticated and effortlessly cool hip-hop groups — scratch that, musical groups — doing work.
School Daze is the new collaborative project between young Seattle upstart Dave B and the quickly-approaching-venerable-producer-status Justo (of The Physics). Its nine tracks blend breezily together thanks to Just’s boom-bap meets new school soul production and Dave’s effortless observant charm. School Daze is one of the most worthy 206 releases of the year and it’s available for free, dammit. Preview three of the EPs songs below and click Dave’s flashing head above to get it via Dropbox.
The Physics’ Digital Wildlife was 206UP’s top Seattle hip hop album of 2013, and the slick “Play It Off” was one of the major reasons why. Now, director Stephan Gray has blessed the track with an equally lubricious video. Thig Nat (and his stunning co-star) look like the major players from a Michael Mann film.
THE SIX is a regular interview feature on 206UP.COM with a simple format: One member of the local hip hop community and six questions. For past editions click here.
The Physics had the best Seattle hip hop album of 2013 — by this website’s estimation, anyway — with Digital Wildlife. And that record wouldn’t have come together as well as it did without the musical talents of the group’s two vocalists: real-life couple Malice (given name: Crystal) and Mario Sweet. Their R&B harmonies with The Physics generally act as subtle but vital backdrops to the crew’s deep hip hop roots, and the natural chemistry they share with rappers Thig Nat and Monk Wordsmith, and producer/rapper Justo, makes for the most appealing collaborations in Seattle rap.
Malice and Mario stepped out on their own with 2011’s Happy 2 Year, a celebration of both their love for music and second wedding anniversary. H2Y was followed in July of 2013 by Enjoy Like Love, an upbeat collection of original songs unapologetically inspired by R&B/soul from the ’80s and ’90s, as well as pop culture touchstones from those decades. For those of us born in the late ’70s and early ’80s, Enjoy Like Love feels like an audio love letter written just for us.
Malice and Mario jumped on THE SIX to answer questions about their backgrounds in music, what it’s like performing and touring as The Physics, and what their musical futures might hold.