Pairadime Records’ producer extraordinaire Trakksounds released his latest full length album The Other Side on April 25, 2017. The 14 (or 15, the Soundcloud stream differs from the Apple Music one) track offering is another addition to a growing catalog of 2017’s solo producer albums, including the likes of Syd, Allan Kingdom, and Oddisee. The Houston, Texas native calls upon a number of styles in concert with 25 features, none of which are more notable than rappers Scarface and Devin the Dude.
Reassuring the mark of a capable producer, Trakksounds employs styles suiting his features, notably on the spacious and mystic composition “Fire Flies.” Featuring Zimbabwean duo The Fat Dollies, Trakksounds lays down a shimmering backdrop for equally glistening vocals. Similarly, on lead single “11:15”, the appropriately named cut harkens back to Devin the Dude’s late 90s early 2000s heyday of lackadaisical yet soulful bass and sparse drums alongside a simplistic synth-driven melody. The potential trap anthem “Bout It” steps away from the requisite and at time oppressive 808s for a more open-ended approach to a hustler’s ballad.
While production variance is Trakksounds’ forte, the tape plays closer to a demo or mixtape than cohesive LP. The transition from the first few cloudy and ethereal cuts to the slowed and throwed beats is jarring, but fans of diverse production styles can find solace in Trakksounds approach.