Kirk Knight, Alex Wiley, Hurt Everybody, Allan Kingdom, Logan, DJ Oreo, DJ Sunny Woodz All Ages Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sat., Jan. 9, 6 p.m. 2016

Alex Wiley raps like he’s the battle vehicle from Mad Max: Fury Road outfitted with massive speaker cabinets, gramophone cones, and a guitarist whose riffs send a plume of flames surging from the ax’s neck. It’s all to say Wiley’s flow is furious and colorful, and he can rap with so much adrenalized speed it’s like he leaves skid marks on the instrumentals at the exact point he hits hyperdrive. But Wiley’s less inclined to push his speedometer into the red on November’s Village Party 2: Heaven’s Gate, which he self-released after parting with local hip-hop indie Closed Sessions this past summer. Everything breathes easy on the digital release: sumptuous postsoul instrumentals move at a slack pace, and Wiley’s tempered, unhurried performances allow the full breadth of each track to be absorbed. At one point on “Navigator Truck” Chance the Rapper lets out a brief chuckle in the middle of rapping, which underscores the album’s exultantly carefree air. And though Wiley can still let out steam with pent-up force—as he does alongside Twista on “Japanese"—I find myself drawn to Village Party 2’s largely relaxed atmosphere.

Leor Galil

Price: $18, $16 in advance

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