Summers Sons are a duo consisting of brothers Instrumentalist and Turt and they’ve just released their self-titled debut (listen and download it in full below). Instrumentalist, as you’ve probably guessed, handles the rather impressive production while the equally skilled Turt handles the rhymes. The album is ten tracks of mellow jazz sample-heavy hip hop beats topped with Turt’s solid rhymes. Summers Sons was mastered by the very talented Chemo at Kilamanjaro Studios and also marks the first release from Fabricate Sounds (the sister label to online music magazine FABRICATE).
If you’re looking for some tracks to party to on a Saturday night then this album probably isn’t for you. However, if you’re after high quality mellow hip hop then look no further. Instrumentalist and Turt are clearly singing from the same hymn sheet and that shines through as the beats and the rhymes are complementary of each. The Prequel, the first track on the album, perfectly sets out what you should expect from the rest of the album: looping jazzy piano keys, beautifully lazy drums, subtle brass samples and mellow uplifting vocals. In addition to the Summers Sons brothers, Charlie Tappin also contributes some singing vocals to the intro track.
“Addicted to this rapping stuff”
Another highlight on the album is Giving It Back; the track is a dedication to rap music and hip hop culture on the whole. Not a new concept but we’re always surprised at the variety. Giving It Back is arguably the strongest song on the album it delivers in all areas. The sampling and cuts, both musical and vocal, on this track are so on point.
Although just an instrumental, we really took to Boogie Electric. The track perfectly demonstrates why hip hop instrumentals do not need to be overly complicated and it’s clear Instrumentalist understands the importance of this. Infinite, immediately reminded us of Eminem‘s 1996 debut. Initially because of the title but under further examination it also has the same musical essence. The pounding snare within the otherwise calm drum loop topped with Turt’s flow versatility means the comparison can only be taken as a compliment.
“No regrets, let mistakes burn to the ground, won’t forget it’s the journey that counts”
Plenty Of Nothing is a song about contentedness and valuing what’s important. The jazz samples on this album are incredible and we presume that’s down to Instrumentalist’s digging abilities and the trend continues with this song. Turt discusses turning his back on a lifestyle of run-ins with the law while simultaneously highlighting the realisation of what’s important in life. The title track, Summers Sons, is guitar-string heavy story of the brothers’ upbringing and is a rather personal track. The closing track on the project is Sonset and also when Instrumentalist speaks with his production. A variety of musical styles and instruments come together to make an engaging hip hop and jazz fusion; much like the rest of the album but it’s considerably more pronounced here due to the lack of vocals.
On all fronts this is a very impressive project and even more so considering it’s Summer Sons debut release. The heavy jazz influence has certainly paid off in terms of what they wanted to achieve on the production front: a mellow hip hop album. Turt on the vocals compliments the chilled out vibes perfectly and although doesn’t demonstrate huge variety it has certainly got us hooked and wanting to find out what else this pair has in their musical arsenal. As far as Fabricate Sounds are concerned, if this is the garde of music they intend to release in the future then the future is most certainly bright for the label.