Over the past few years multi-instrumentalist and producer Michael Beharie has released a pair of fantastic records via Astro Nautico, quickly becoming one of Brooklyn’s most inventive and boundary-breaking electronic artists. More recently Michael Beharie has come into his own as a songwriter, contributing original vocals to much of last year’s Ray Like Morning LP. It’s a style he perfects on “Drugs Store,” a rollicking electronica acid trip that serves as the lead single to his forthcoming Voices EP.
Elsewhere on the four-track EP, Michael features three other local vocalists like SARO and frequent collaborator Marisa. The most unprecedented feature comes from MC Le’Asha Julius, better known as the female half of Brooklyn hip-hop duo Quincy Vidal.
We are beyond excited to premiere the rapper’s EP cut “Queen Lear.” Michael’s surging beats bring out the best in Le’Asha on this simply vicious track. “Blow wind, crack yo cheeks!” she roars, loosely quoting a Shakespearian King Lear line. In the play, King Lear is outside raging against a storm, near suicidal and close to losing his mind. But for Le’Asha, the verse is about freedom and enlightenment, rising up against the powers that be. Listen.
Michael Beharie’s Voices EP is out this Friday. Pre-order it here.