Family And Friends

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Serengeti’s first solo album for Anticon finds him upbeat, on point and full of swagger. The multifaceted Chicago emcee streamlines his approach for Family & Friends, taking a breather from the knotty, introspective raps of his recent past, and making one of the most enjoyable, clear-headed records of his career. It’s a fresh look that features a couple of debuts as well. WHY? frontman Yoni Wolf is responsible for roughly half of the beats herein, while the rest come from by Advance Base, a.k.a. Owen Ashworth, officially marking the rebirth of the bedroom pop producer formerly known as Casiotone For the Painfully Alone. Over their just-right mix of spare musicality and lo-fi propulsion, Serengeti splits the difference between humour and moodiness, maintaining loads of style throughout.
Family & Friends kicks off with “Tracks,” where Geti paints a vivid portrait of a man who’s got nothing left to lose over Yoni’s picked guitar, plinked piano and sawed violin. These parts are tracked live through the end of the song, not looped - a product of the week that the pair spent recording in Yoni’s Oakland apartment last summer. The latter lends his familiar croon to the hook too, making a vocal return on the instant standout “Long Ears” - a low-riding slab of indie G-funk if there ever was one - and the more lush titular track, wherein Geti pens the official manual on manning up: “Sex all night/Drink like a real man/Change your own oil/Read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.” These two also meet up over another highlight, the hilariously sarcastic “California,” featuring a character so hopelessly out of touch that he seems heroic.

Serengeti: Family And Friends

Tracks Serengeti 2'53''
Long Ears Serengeti 2'36''
Ha-Ha Serengeti 2'35''
A.R.P. Serengeti 2'13''
Godammit Serengeti 2'59''
Flutes Serengeti 2'00''
California Serengeti 2'54''
The Whip Serengeti 5'10''
Family & Friends Serengeti 2'30''
Dwight Serengeti 2'54''

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