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Seasoned collaborators STS (Sugar Tongue Slim) and Khari Mateen are back with another collab album titled Spring Summer Collection 19. Filled with creative elements of boom-bap, jazz, and soul, no two songs on the project are the same, bouncing around between various tempos and styles. Each song stands out in its own creative space – the connective tissue being STS’s distinct bars and flow. Mateen provides fantastic production on the five tracks, performing a wide variety of instruments that contribute to each song’s distinct flavors.

Spring Summer Collection 19 kicks off with “87 Chevys,” featuring fellow collaborator RJD2A soulful, bouncy banger, “87 Chevys” gives the listener an instantly uplifting feeling. More percussive elements are added as each chorus rolls on, coming to a raucous last chorus with plenty of vocal ad-libs. It’s a strong opener, but the next song, “Take You Out Tonight,” is a major standout. Also upbeat, it features live instrumentation, including jazzy doo-wop samples, strings, and extremely tasty bass licks. “Nothing Less” strips the instrumentation back, and features bars about self-empowerment and being your best self. Tempos increase once again on “Couldn’t Live Without It,” along with another instrumentation switch. The chilled-out-yet-fast-paced tune features more prominent strings and yet another sticky bassline alongside STS’s vocal harmonies. The project ends with “Don’t Listen,” which features lowkey piano melodies coupled with trap-style production and interesting effects on STS’s vocals.

This release follows Mateen and STS’s 2018 release Better on a Sundaya noble project also featuring a wide variety of instrumentation and styles. With Spring Summer Collection 19, the two hone it in more, really coming together with a set of five tight tracks that showcase each artist’s strong suits. At this point, it is clear that STS and Mateen have a unique chemistry that many could only dream about, with tasty production choices and stellar playing abilities that mesh together with strong vocal delivery.

Check out Spring Summer Collection 19 below.

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