Ever since I covered his EP, GSPL, for our “Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2017” list, Phoelix has become known to me as one of Chicago’s finest young talents. Whether behind the boards or delivering vocals, he never ceases to impress, and today, we finally receive the debut full-length from the rising star, Tempo. 18 tracks long, this project takes listeners through a plethora of emotions, meshing the collective appeals of funk, rap, and soul throughout each song with a brilliant, polished artistry. The project also features guest spots from Smino, Jean Deaux, Monte Booker and Elton Aura, and by providing such genuine accounts of life as it is, I can guarantee that this one is ready to do numbers. Considering the wide arsenal of talents that he possesses, Phoelix is more than deserving of any success coming his way, and Tempo is just the right mixture of sounds to put these unique abilities on display. I could go on all day about this one, but be sure to check it out for yourself and give it a listen at the link below!