Virginia producer Soulful! is relatively young, but his musical tastes are mature: Last year’s Mumbo Sauce and Drumbreaks sampled extensively from ’70s blaxploitation flicks and dusty grooves.
Released Tuesday, “Summertime Stroll” sees Soulful! team up with D.C. rapperDoe Cigapom. It’s the head-nodding first single from their collaborative EP,Caged Birds, scheduled for a fall release. Here, Cigapom takes listeners on an auditory walk through the city; Soulful!’s percussive instrumental is reminiscent of old-school funk.
All told, “Summertime Stroll” hits the mark as a breezy biography of Chocolate City—or what’s left of it.