Jhon Myquale just dropped his new EP “Flight Theory” today, and in short, the young artist really snapped on this project. Throughout this 5-track endeavor, Myquale infuses an impeccable sense of smoothness with a knack for weaving personal narrative into his verses and letting listeners into different aspects of his mind with intense lyrical intimacy. His storytelling takes the form of flows that balance melodic vibes with a spoken word-style delivery, as his words land with a low toned, muddled conviction. Backing Myquale’s lyricism are beats produced by himself, Niko and Eddie Burns of the prodigious brother production duo Burns Twins. Together, they give each track its own bounce through bumping basslines and synths that accentuate Myquale’s energy.
One of my favorite tracks on this project has to be the self-produced “Jungle” featuring Myquale’s frequent collaborator Matt James. As he recounts an encounter with a girl at a party that ends abruptly, he tells the story as if it were unfolding right in front of him. The way he captures scenes so vividly reminded me of good kid, m.A.A.d city, down to the skit that happens at the end of “Jungle” while Myquale’s harmonies are overlaid. It’s this sort of attention to detail that makes this EP the kind of project that demands to be listened to over and over again. Myquale has been in the Chicago scene and on our pages for a minute now, and after years of honing his craft, the fruits of his labor have clearly manifested on “Flight Theory.”