Jel's “Late Pass” Is a Rumbling, Stumbling Dub-Hop Riddle

These are exciting times for the Anticon crew, that loose clique of hip-hop/bass music misfits based around the East Bay label celebrating its 15th Anniversary at 1015 Folsom on Sept. 5. Exciting because, well, the label's roster is stacked with talent — Baths, Daedelus, Odd Nosdam, Low Limit, anyone? — and because co-founder and label boss Jel just dropped his first solo album in nearly seven years. It's called Late Pass, and today, the title track is available for the glorious assault of your ears. “Late Pass” builds slowly, with rumbling, dubby bass hits coalescing into a static-y sketch of a groove. Above that, haunting, whispered vocals urge, “don't get too comfortable.” The track makes a little more sense with each listen, but always remains something of a sonic riddle — and that, in our view, is a good thing. Check it out:

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