The DC-bred and Brooklyn-based rapper and producer Oddisee is a multifaceted character. As a rapper, he’s calm and plainspoken and contemplative, and he’s great at being those things. Al Wasta, the EP he released earlier this year, is well worth hearing. But for my money, Oddisee’s at his best when he’s making instrumental music. That’s where he feels free to push his sound into lush, zoned-out, frankly beautiful places. His mostly-instrumental album Rock Creek Park was a Mixtape Of The Week way back in 2011, and now he’s got another one about to come out. Next month, he’ll release The Odd Tape. The first song he’s shared is “No Sugar No Cream,” a dazed and lovely organ-lope named after the best way to take your coffee. Listen to it below, via Brooklyn Vegan.
The Odd Tape is out 5/13 on Mello Music Group.