NatasK, Lake City Fresh, and Nick I Am A Don // The Awakening

Category:  Music Reviews
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 at 9:30 AM
 NatasK, Lake City Fresh, and Nick I Am A Don // The Awakening by Ben Speggen

NatasK, Lake City Fresh, and Nick I Am a Don

The Awakening

8BC Recordings

4 Stars

2015’s follow-up to last year’s breakout debut album from NatasK and Lake City Fresh – manages to be loose and tight in the same space, likely because it continues their amalgamation of dubstep, hip-hop, house, and trap in a wide sonic landscape. The sophomore EP opens with “Alive,” an ethereal lilt about a city (these artists aren’t shy about that city being Erie) “where they want to see you down” and that “if you don’t strive, you will lose your life” – heavy subjects coupled with fun, floating beats. Album-standout “Criticize,” a tightly wound, pulse-pusher, follows, featuring layered beats beneath powerful and soulful vocals that don’t dominate the track. “Dance!Dance!” – the EP’s longest mix, clocking in at more than five minutes – isn’t as energetic as its double exclamation points may suggest, but the album rounds out nicely with “Run Away,” a pop-induced slowburner that finds its élan in a simple, driving beat and dulcet refrain, resulting in fun overall experience. – Ben Speggen

Erie Reader: Vol. 7, No. 21
Now Available — Pick It Up Today

CURRENT

Video of the debates at the Jefferson Educational Society

A short interview with the Delaware post-hardcore band. 

Opening the lid on a Hallo-wealth of activities 

 

An exit interview with outgoing Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott

 

 

Bolero’s flavors dance the fandango in your mouth

IN THIS ISSUE

Opening the lid on a Hallo-wealth of activities 

 

An exit interview with outgoing Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott

 

 

Bolero’s flavors dance the fandango in your mouth

Best-selling Author to discuss works at Mercyhurst

Anime convention sharpening up for fifth year

Thankfully, as the title implies, this kind of pop is surviving.

Personal confessions of a Rocky-addled mind

Artists reflect on their favorite compositions

We are gonna miss you

Tropidelic will be headlining a show for those who wish to get down to some rhythmic funk.