A weird thing happened a couple of years ago. All of a sudden there were a bunch of great DJs, producers, and rappers in Chicago, bringing together the hip-hop scene and the burgeoning postgenre underground club culture (which popped up after electroclash sputtered out and M.I.A.'s Arular
dropped) like no one else in the country, attracting all kinds of media attention—and then they just didn't follow through with the records we were all expecting from them. That trend (if you can call it a trend when something doesn't happen) has begun to reverse itself in the past few months. The Cool Kids finally put out their long-delayed album, When Fish Ride Bicycles
finally started putting records out (though not without some legal snafus
). And now Vyle
, the rapper who was on the bill at something like 90 percent of the club nights in town a few years ago, has decided to join the Actually Putting Shit Out Gang.
I ran into him Sunday at the wedding of Flosstradamus's Josh Young (mazel tov, Josh!), and he told me that he's going to let the material he's been working on out into the wild. (He was also dressed in a style I'm going to call "Jodeci formal," which is a crazy dope wedding look.) True to his word he dropped a new track, "God Tier," on SoundCloud earlier today. The crazily up-front placement of the vocals in the mix aside, it's a banging track that juxtaposes triplet-ridden trap beats against Chicago house's four-on-the-floor in an extremely nice way that I'd like to hear more of in the future. You can check out the track—as well as Vyle's spacey remix of Chief Keef's instant classic "I Don't Like"—after the jump.