DMV representative Uptown XO just released Colour de Grey LP, a self-consciously retro album worth downloading.
The DC rapper, part of the Diamond District group, has already released videos for two singles from the project and they left a strong impression. On “Good Vibes” he teamed up with long-time collaborator Ab the Pro to fine effect, combining lyrics that reflected on the “grey skies” over America with a soothing, throwback chord change. Then, just last week he released some stirring visuals for ”Petey Greene”, another Ab the Pro production, which sampled ’70s soul and the voice of Washingtonian TV personality Petey Greene to fine effect. Indeed, the partnership between XO and Ab the Pro, who produces all but one of the tracks on the tape, lends the project a real coherence and smoothness.
As well as the tracks mentioned above, the mixtape includes a feature from South Bronx native The Kid Daytona (another nostalgic advocate of classic late 80s/ early 90s sounds) and Tranquill.