Odd Holiday – “L.I.S.A (Life is Strangely Altering)” review

Odd Holiday is an MC/producer duo consisting of Mattic on the mic & Daylight Robbery! behind the boards. Both of whom are members of the group Clouds in a Headlock from the ŌFFKILTR collective, whom just dropped their full-length debut Breakfast in Phantasia last fall. But as we enter the last month of spring, Mattic & Daylight Robbery! are joining forces to bang out a full-length debut together just in time for summer to arrive in less than 4 weeks or so.

“Brute Starr” is a remarkably jazzy opener to the album talking about being in terminator infrared mode whereas “Adam West High School” samples Shamek Farrah’s cover of “First Impressions” talking about about being a graduating fool from the fictional high school in the long-running FOX animated series Family Guy. “Boarded Up Portals” has a mystic quality to the instrumental so he can ether anyone & anything who steps up to him just before “Cream of the Crop” flips The Escorts’ cover of “Look Over Your Shoulder” with the title saying it all pretty much.

Meanwhile, the title track goes into classier turf tackles the idea of how this crazy thing we call life can be strangely changing as time goes on leading into “Free Folk” weaves some strings into the fold advising to stop rushing to be next. “Artistically Sheldon (Autism Lyricism)” if you couldn’t tell by the title revolves around Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory & the speculation of him being autistic which is a pretty interesting subject matter in my opinion over a bluesy guitar, but then “Omen Key” gives off a more alternative edge reminds the listener to “bust the glass in case of an emergency”.

“Varsity Team” begins the final leg of the album incorporates some spine-tingling background vocals talking about letting the freshman in while “LSD Written” offers a glossier approach going with the breeze. The song “Odd Holiday” dives into minimal territory wrecking the normal for those doing it solely for clout while the penultimate track “It Is Whut It Iz” has a wavier feeling this time around talking about the Earth being in it’s ending stage. “The Mandalorian” however is a jazzy closer calling himself a lyrical maniacal & that he was lying when he said he called others dope.

For those of you who walked away impressed by Breakfast in Phantasia, you’re gonna want to give L.I.S.A (Life is Strangely Altering) a listen because Odd Holiday really help being the best out of one another on this debut album of theirs. Daylight Robbery!’s production is rooted by a crate-diggers ear with minimal intervention to maximum stirring effect with limitless range & Mattic engages with the altering world around us in the wake of global upheaval with a lazy laid back simple but puzzling pen.

Score: 3.5/5

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Clouds in a Headlock – “Breakfast in Phantasia” review

Clouds in a Headlock are an international psychedelic hip hop supergroup consisting of emcees Dr. Outer, Èph & GT Lovecraft as well as the production duo Runaway 45. As artists members of the ŌFFKILTR collective, they started making waves off their debut mixtape Asmattic that celebrated its 2 year anniversary earlier this month. But now after landing a deal with Fat Beats Records not too long ago, the quintet is getting ready to properly introduce themselves to a wider audience in the form of a full-length debut.

“Raw Suede” is a jazzy opener from none other than Runaway 45 with the trio advising those to bow down to them whereas “Snake Eyes” goes into funky boom bap territory talking about respecting the clique. “Phantasia” has a more vintage sound to it with the dusty beat sounding like it was made in the 90’s speaking on their being no limits just before “Another Summer” has a more glistening flare to the instrumental talking about continuing to rock on.

Meanwhile on “The Clouds”, we have Clouds in a Headlock getting more abstract lyrically accompanied by a ghostly vocal sample leading into “Rigmarole” pulling from some blues influences sonically talking about that everything that they hearing in this world is pretty wacky to them. “Artists of the Floating World” is a bit more piano-based instrumentally with some more well-structured cryptic bars, but then “Paperweight” returns to a more jazzier sound talking about holding it down.

“3D Maze” has a more soulful vibe to it assuring that they’re thriving instead of surviving & keeping it moving while the song “Midnight Gospel” comes through a vintage piano loop dedications shots to all his people on the frontline & showing y’all the way they fuckin’ do it. The organs throughout the funky “Flawless” are really sweet as the group encouraging one to give up the fire horse” while the penultimate track “Crushed Ice” blends jazz rap & with a slick bass guitar to call their telescope range limitless.

If you’re looking for a new alternative hip hop outfit to get into, then you’re gonna want to check this album out because I think what they got here is pretty interesting. The production is a bit on the more experimental side to it with the lyricism being kin to that of Company Flow or even the Souls of Mischief. Interesting to hear how much they artistically grow down the line.

Score: 4/5