Sometimes I like to think I’m up on all the latest top-tier music right when it drops… that no matter how much material is out there, and there’s an absurd amount, I still know when some gold is about to be delivered.
The reality, though, is that there truly is just too much music to keep up with. And that’s not even a bad thing, but it makes my goal almost impossible. Luckily, that’s why the late pass was invented.
Lili K, a neo-soul/jazz singer out of Chicago, released her sophomore project – a collaborative EP with producer Peter Cottontale called Metal Petals – on Halloween. Though I’m just listening to it now for the first time, I don’t think I’m going to stop listening to it anytime soon.
I’ve been hearing Lili K’s name a good amount lately, and I was familiar with Peter Cottontale through his production credits on “Long Time II” and “Brain Cells” – two of my favorite joints on Chance The Rapper’s #10Day, one of my favorite mixtapes of the year. Lili dropped Metal Petals in my inbox a few days back, and I couldn’t wait to listen the minute I saw it.
The EP, which is concise at just over 23 minutes in its entirety, is smooth and soulful from start to finish. The seven tracks are all unique in their own ways but flow seamlessly, creating a truly enjoyable, relaxing listen. The features are kept tight, and all three – Chance The Rapper, Sulaiman and The GTW – all hail from the Windy City. Lili has a beautiful, soothing yet captivating voice, and she proves her versatility throughout. She comes in crooning in the opening seconds of “Curtain Call,” the first track on the EP (click HERE to watch the official video), but flows melodically with a hip-hop influence in “Highlight the Moon,” my personal favorite record on the project.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a low point in Metal Petals, as Lili does an excellent job of keeping the energy at a high level throughout. The EP is short and sweet, a telling showcase of talent from both Lili and Peter Cottontale. It’s easy for production to be overlooked when things flow so smoothly, but that’s exactly why it does and is such an impressive project.
Immediately below, you’ll find the direct download link for Metal Petals. At the bottom of the page, you can stream the project in its entirety via Soundcloud. Whichever method you choose, I’ll be happy… just be sure to give Metal Petals a listen sooner rather than later.
There’s tremendous musical talent coming out of Chicago, and this collaborative EP between Lili K and Peter Cottontale is yet another prime example. Enjoy, and stay tuned for much more.