Tuesday, April 10, 2012

LISTEN: Mach Five, "Breaking My Heart" ft. Bilal, Hollyweerd

Posted By on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM


It's been five years since Maurice Garland coined the term "Otherground Atlanta" to describe that indefinable space occupied by all the emcees and artists who were too weird for the city's mainstream foothold and too quirky and experimental for the underground. We're talking that Broke $ Bougee, fuck-that-hipster-shit, pre-"blog rap" era when Atlanta acts like Proton, Gripplyaz, Yelawolf, Dreamer, even B.o.B, Janelle Monáe, and Jaspects were coming into their own and reupholstering the sound of Atlanta. It was less grills 'n' grit, more glow-in-the-dark ghetto glam.

Mach Five's newly released jam "Breaking My Heart, featuring crooner Bilal and one-half of Hollyweerd (Chris McADoo, saxophonist Staggo Lee), reminds me of the era the produced the class of 2007/2008, partly because the landscape has changed so much since then. Some cats matured, while others disappeared. (R.I.P. Proton) Then some metamorphosed into a whole new thing, trading local stages (Drunken Unicorn, the old-new Lenny's before it closed) for cyberspace. Mach Five regularly appeared on near-weekly/bi-weekly show bills back then, alongside other scene stalwarts like Hollyweerd, Sean Falyon, Wil May, Muffy, etc. But if Mach Five were the playground freshmen five years ago, they're playboy statesmen now, with a prolific sound and visual style so self-assured it's hard not to buy into it.

"Breaking My Heart" is the first single from their third project (Ratchet Shit Vol. 2, due April 24) in the last seven months. And with its release they're already teasing the forthcoming Spike Lee-inspired video which is supposed to drop next week.

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