Last month, Brooklyn-based beatsmith and former theoretical physics student, James Hinton (aka The Range), released “Florida,” the lead-single from his soon-to-be-released sophomore LP, Potential. Sourcing a sample from this second-rate cover of Ariana Grande‘s “You’ll Never Know,” Hinton married electronic, dub and R&B to form a beautifully raw dance track.
Its follow-up, “Five Four,” ventures into more ominous territory, revolving around a pensive piano melody and rumbling beat. The video, which accompanies the release, is directed by Los Angeles-based filmmaker, Daniel Kaufman, and prominently features up-and-coming grime MCs, OphQi and Superior Thought.
In a statement made to Spin, Hinton revealed that “’Five Four’ is about the frustration of not being able to change the circumstances of a situation… I think [Superior Thought] captures it well – ‘Scarred from the hard tasks and dreams that never came to pass… And yet he tried to walk the straight and narrow path but he fiend for the lights and the drama need an arsenal and an armor to inflict the force and cause trauma.’”
Watch the video for “Five Four” above and stream the track below.