Nimble-fingered MPC master AraabMusik seems to have fully recovered after being shot in a robbery a couple months ago. He’s keeping it moving with the announcement of his oft-delayed debut album, Dream World, due out this summer, in tandem with the lead single “Chasing Pirates” and a matching set of visuals. “Final Hour,” a track featuring Kelela, surfaced last fall, but she didn’t approve the release and aired out her disfavor in a mini tweetstorm. Araabmusik responded in kind and mentioned that Dream World may not be released. But we now know that is not the case.
The first official peek at the album finds AraabMusik perhaps at his poppiest. He’s recruited Massachusetts singer Raiche and featured her tender, feathery voice on a track that leans dance electronica, moving away from the hard-hitting, gully beats with which he’s blessed the Diplomats, Slaughterhouse, and other spitters. But the album roams across genres combining the sonic flavors of last year’s EDM-focused KING EP and the hip-hop beat-centric Goon Loops EP.
The video, directed by Pablo Sanchez, features the dexterous producer playing the infectious dance beat he crafted against a mix of cosmic and animated backgrounds as Raiche delivers her verses surrounded by haze and quick-switching settings. -- Stereogum
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