The endless conflict between the desire to be a conscious artist or simply delivering vibe-heavy bangers comes to a cease-fire with Elaw managing to do both effortlessly. Case in point, on premier track “Facetime” where he describes his perfect baddie as a secure, luxury label adorned Coretta (yes THAT Coretta) over an uptempo track that would heat any nightlife venue dance floor. As a producer, Elaw’s creative liberties are abound with beat switches mid-track that melt into the next moment adding layer upon layer to the EP. Beyond standouts, “B.M.F.” and “Real Nice”, the festival season sonnet “Fly” a major deviation yet pleasant surprise draws anticipation for Elaw’s future projects.
Abundant variation characterizes Before Arrival without losing consistency or authenticity; something to be expected from an artist that names Bon Iver, Guru and Jay Z as major influencers.
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