Northwest hip hop heavyweights Illmac and Goldini Bagwell have been creating music together for roughly a decade as members of Portland’s renowned Sandpeople crew. Now they’re combining forces as a duo with their brand new Ethereal LP. Boasting production from Smoke M2D6 of Oldominion and additional vocals from singer/songwriter Little Warrior, Ethereal covers a vast stretch of musical and conceptual ground within its 11 tracks.
The album’s lead single, “Last One,” features a spaced-out beat that builds into an electro-house frenzy as the two emcees make way for Little Warrior’s hauntingly melodic vocals to grab most of the spotlight. When Goldini & Illmac finally step to the foreground, they do so with fury; bouncing rhymes off one another in a dazzling array of intricate cadences and subtexts. The sleek Tim Slew-directed video evokes 80s pop with a layer of dystopian horror smoldering underneath.
Watch the video below and grab Ethereal here.