Lou Phelps’ debut solo album matches ten distinctive beats with ten even more distinctive lyrical flows. Though many beats in the LP are Kaytranada-orchestrated (the pair being brothers), there can be no doubt: this album establishes Lou on a platform distinctly of his own making. Through the hypnotic ‘Higher’ to the seamless flow of TASTY (feat. Pony), the Montreal-based MC innovates, expands and evolves the traditional hip-hop package. And, through collaborations with Planet Giza and Jazz Cartier, he places himself firmly in the ranks of the emerging hip-hop game.