After the release of their “One” EP, Tensei, which consists of Chicago based musicians Simple X and Midas Wells, have released their second instrumental effort, “Two” on LA based label, Plug Research. Inspired by ’70s soul, afro-funk, and themed soundtracks that recall espionage, “Two” builds from the experimental hip hop inspired beats of “One.”
However, “Two” takes the groove deeper with it’s jazzy inflections, ethnic rhythms, cosmic electronics, and live instrumentation, making it a bit more soulful and funkier. The lone vocal track, “Think Twice,” which features multi-instrumentalist Khari Lemuel of TheOnes and Jae Franklin is an ode to the infectious soul classics of yesteryear with a modernized twist while “Passport,” which was featured on the Plug Research “2012” Compilation, is an exquisite sound filled with lush pleasantries. And while this is Tensei’s second formal release, it still marks the beginning for the artists, so journey with them as they continue on a path that pushes the limits and boundaries of hip hop inspired beat making and production to new levels.
Although the music is downloadable for free, you can still support Tensei, as “Two” is also available for purchase via iTunes.