This year’s summer weather has made me so angry, not only because of the incessant heat, but also due to it depriving me of my favorite pastimes – night drives in the rain. It’s one of the only times I’ll willingly go outside, take a walk, then drive around for a couple of hours listening to music. For some reason, music in a rainy car has a bittersweet, romantic quality to it. Maybe I stand alone, but next time it’s raining, do yourself a favor and grab your keys, a coffee, and a few playlists and take a solo drive.
Something about K.Flay reminds me of summer nights and long drives. It’s not because she delivers that type of music all the time, but from the vibes I get from the girl, she just seems like a chill person who digs driving around listening to music.
The first time I saw her perform was a couple of years ago when she did a college tour with Passion Pit. I always get to venues early to catch the openers because if I like the headliner a lot, I’m bound to dig whoever they chose to tour with them.
I remember watching her get on stage, put down a few beats, and rap the crap out of the microphone. One of the best friends had an instant crush on her, only to turn into all out fervor when he discovered she studied psychology and sociology at Stanford. This girl is a complete bad ass.
She recently collaborated with Felix Cartal for their song “Rest Your Mind” which was released yesterday.
It opens with some heavy bass and “whoops” seamlessly seguewaying into K.Flay’s husky rap. There are still some distinct Cartal synths he throws in, making for a sexy hip hop beat. It showcases K.Flay’s flawless rapping style with cutting lyricism and clear delivery. She’s got mad wit. Cartal uses elements from popular hip hop composition to create a catchy as all hell instrumental for K.Flay to rap over. Good god I’m geeking out.
I’ve already started dropboxing this to friends of mine who aren’t as familiar with either artist as it’s such a killer track AND promotes dental hygiene. It’s going on my next fall mix for 8tracks, that much is a certain. I kind of gauged how much I liked the song based on the amount of time I spent smirking throughout it. The longer I have a slightly sadistic look on my face the more I like the song. What? I never said it would make sense.
Link to download is in the picture above. Grab her free EP as well, titled Eyes Shut.