Connect – "Arrival Tactics" Mix Tape
Who knew Pittsburgh had an answer to Deltron 3030? I sure as shit didn’t, but thanks to arguably the best hip-hop blog in Pittsburgh, Rory Webb’s Stilltown,Â Fortified PhonetX member Connect and his debut mix tape Arrival Tactics managed to come into my purview. And while, yes, Deltron 3030’s debut album is an undisputed underground classic, Arrival shares the same sonicÂ palette with DJ Kid Koala’sÂ productionÂ that was deemed soÂ innovative more than a decade ago: Spartan, airy beats, a thick, futuristic atmosphere just dark enough to be more Blade Runner than Star Wars, and an emphasis onÂ narrativeÂ clarity from Connect and his MC brethren. It’s a laid back collection of nine songs, sure, but tracks like “Disconnected,” “Get It,” and the intense “Closer” betray an intriguing sense of paranoia and dread. Make sure you download all of Arrival Tactics over at Connect’s Bandcamp ASAP.