Dig the new video for Kevin Lavitt’s “The Deep End” featuring brooding vocals by Thig Nat of the Physics. At first I was like, Why the girl gotta be pink and the boy gotta be blue?, but by the end I was all, Oh they both colors now — that shit cool. #RejectPatriarchy, you know? From Kevin’s recent Planets EP.
This is likely to be the blog’s final post before the long Independence Day weekend. My company “floats” an annual day off between the various nationally recognized respites, and this year it just happens to fall on the Friday between the 4th and the impending weekend. So, while a grip of you dear readers will inevitably be following up your barbecues and hot late night sparkler action by donning dress slacks and making change for glib-ass customers, I will (hopefully) be doing like The Physics are doing in their new clip for “Take a Win” — living the easy life. One.
Catch The Physics in the lab (no, really, Justo in an actual laboratory) and on stage in this dope mini-doc by directors Avi Loud and Robin Park.
More from The Good Sin’s recurring #FallBackSeason campaign.
Two mini-doc featurettes starring The Physics a group that, in my estimation, is making the best hip-hop in Seattle at the moment. The clip above is from Sol’s recent going-away show at The Showbox. And the one below documents the crew as they pack up their old studio at the OK Hotel and move to an “undisclosed location” in SoDo.[vimeo 43881384]
I had the great fortune of sitting down with Thig Nat and Justo for a few minutes last November in New York City. If you missed that click here to catch up.
Grynch, Thig Nat and Monk Wordsmith slip quietly out the backdoor after one of those regrettable nights. Justo’s stutter-y beat aids in their shameful getaway.
How’s this for a career-making collabo? The Physics dropped this single yesterday, “The Recipe,” which features a guest sixteen from legendary Juice Crew member Craig G. Last night The P-H-Y-S-I-C-S rocked and charmed a sold-out crowd at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom (in support of Town headliners Blue Scholars, of course). Their set included this track and a cameo by Craig G himself. I think at first the significance of his presence was lost on the predominantly young crowd, but his awesome skills on the mic pulled everyone into orbit quickly.
As for the beat, it’s quintessential New York hardrock with a classic loping bassline that sounds best echoed off sidewalks and brick walls. The “2-0-6 to the death of me” declaration in the hook unites our region with NYC’s in a way only hip-hop culture is capable. I have an aversion to saying things like this for fear of retribution from the hyperbole gods, but “The Recipe” will go down as one of the most important tracks in Seattle rap history and probably be the song that officially introduces The Physics to the rest of the country. Just a guess, anyway.
More about the show later, including an interview with Thig and Justo and my thoughts about what felt like a monumental night for SEA rap in the NYC.
Something tells me the sounds on Digital Wildlife, the upcoming project by The Physics, will come as an unexpected surprise to fans of the crew acclimated to the previous Golden Era heritage rap of Future Talk and High Society. The stutter-step, electro-soul/rock bounce of “Fix You” is slightly reminiscent of TV On The Radio’s perfectly well-honed dissonance. Featuring playful vocals by Thig Nat, or Monk Wordsmith, or both (it’s hard to tell) and Kelsey Bulkin (of Made In Heights), this track is unexpectedly addictive. The laws of The Physics have changed, Seattle.