Dskillz Harris & Chile_madd sculpt a perfectly tripped-out world on the powerful all-consuming stories of “The Next Episode”. A wild display of talent, they work wonders on creating this completely beguiling set of small vignettes that adorn the whole of the album. Flows are pure fire and they deliver each verse with such intensity. The razor-sharp hit of the lyricism feels outright gorgeous. Production here has a sharp, crisp tact to it. Love of hip-hop reigns supreme, for they prove to be highly creative masters of the beat. Trap, EDM, pop, jazz, even hints of vaporwave enter into the fray ensuring that every single word is given just the right amount of power behind it.
Everything within their approach has a unique steady quality to it. In terms of their warped worldview and unique lyricism, they take a page from the late and great MF Doom by allowing a whole slew of references into the heady mix. The beats at times draw a bit from J Dilla’s tasteful, timeless beats. Danny Brown’s uncanny ability to devolve a sound into pure chaos also reigns supreme over their spirited journey, as the many tracks are nicely woven together to create this vast tapestry of sound.
“Potholes” opens the album up on a high note, with an economical groove tapping into a West Coast G-Funk gone awry. On the infinitely catchy “Eat The Rich” there is an elegance to the way they speak truth to power. There’s a luxurious air to “One Time (feat. Versatile K)”. Neat Chapelle show references come into the fray with “Flower Garden Freestyle (feat. Nfba.solid)” as the track radiates such passion. Woozy worldviews move in and out of focus with the surrealist “The Originators (feat. Knowl3dg3)” as there’s a playfulness to it. Vibraphone samples adds to the mellowed lounge ambiance of “Sal’s Pizzeria (feat. Nfba.solid)” for there is a glitched-up hip-hop beat wonder to it, making in the highlight of the album. This jazz kick continues on the outright beautiful “My Name Is My Name (feat. Black Chakra)” who absolutely crushes it. On the brief yet gorgeous “Build Not Destroy” they offer a bit of intimacy.
Gentle samples skip around with ease “Do What You Want” has a tenderness to it. Old school “Knuckleheads” features a low-key keyboard vamp that has a classic sound to it. Strangely inviting “Hadouken” has an intrinsically new jazz aspect to it. A communal quality works wonders as “Never Treat The Hustle Like A Hassle (feat. DopeSol)” as there is a feeling of togetherness to the piece. Subtle gestures matter on the delicate “I Saw You”. Triumphant to its very core “Zip Em Up (feat. Snick Foley)” has a swagger to it. Tension builds on “Crushing Microphone (feat. DopeSol)”. Completely disorienting “Deep Tracks” ends things on a wild, unhinged note.
“The Next Episode” shows off the impeccable chops of Dskillz Harris & Chile_madd in how they deliver a poignant urgent sound.