Amid the whirlwind of releases that happened over the weekend, the latest offering from Chicago-based producer ICYTWAT might have flown under your radar. But fear not, because here in all its glory is “DREAM BWOY”, an 8-track EP of nirvana-inducing, surrealist trap courtesy of the elusive beatsmith. Formerly a member of the Virginia hip-hop collective Divine Council, ICYTWAT has consistently been putting out impressive work of his own following his debut solo project “MILK” and his collaborative EP with fellow producer LORDFUBU, which dropped earlier this year.
Constructed mainly from dense, soulful synths interlaced with trunk-rattling 808s, the 20-year-old artist cooks up a soundtrack to get you dancing, faded or even deep in your feelings depending on what you’re in the mood for. Icy’s not afraid to take his listeners to the more obscure corners of his soundscape, and the EP’s strongest tracks benefit from his willingness to strip his sound to its most abstract forms (peep “ENZO MUSIC” or “GRIPPIN IT”). On the mic, Icy meets the haziness of his beats with equally entrancing flows whether he’s waxing poetic or boasting with relentless conviction. That isn’t to say he’s all alone on this EP, though, bringing in LA-rapper IndigoChildRick, Huey Briss, and Atlanta singer Kyeoshin who each add a new dimension to the project. On “DREAM BWOY”, ICYTWAT reasserts what makes him stand out from the producer pack and why more eyes ought to be looking in his direction.