Valentine's Day Tunes: Malice & Mario Sweet, Sol, Grieves & Budo, and State of the Artist Hit the Full Spectrum of Love and Lust"/>
After letting their fly their first single "Speed of Light" back in January, the husband-and-wife duo of Malice & Mario Sweet follow with their Happy Two Year project. Featuring production from Justo, Kuddie Fresh, 10.4 Rog, and Vitamin D--not to mention a take on Roy Ayers' "Liquid Love"--plus guest appearances from Choklate and Blue Scholars' Geo, the occasionally funky and always soulful EP is a must-have project fitting for Valentine's Day but equally enjoyable for the other 364. Check out the Justo-filmed video for "Speed of Light" to get a taste of just how good the vibes you're about to experience really are.
Shot by Griff J, the visuals for "Pack It Up" add a great second narrative to the latest from Seattle Rhymesayers-reps Grieves & Budo--an "attempt to make the whole world feel loved this Valentine's Day." The tale of love from afar is instantly relatable, and for all the singles holding out hope, this everyman song is a perfect soundtrack.
On the flip side, Sol's V-Day offering "For the Love" is a taste of jade. Produced by DJ Nphared and featuring an echoed chorus from town gem Dice (catch her at Seattle Soul on Blast)--She don't want me for the love/She just want to play the game/And I don't want her for the love/I just want her for the brain--the track sees Sol get downright blunt about the scars left by "sex and empty hugs."
Prepping for their new EP, one of our favorite local hip-hop crews offers a darker take on Cupid's big day. In their words, latest single "I Think I Love You," "displays a distinct shift from previous efforts with a more genre-bending sound, blending classic hip-hop elements with some pop personality and an electro influence." The self-description is especially accurate in the departure category--booze-clouded bathroom-stall love is a stretch from their sunnier fare. It's good to remember that V-Day isn't all roses and chocolate, and even better to see the SOTA camp trying on some new sounds.