Young, thoughtful, and bright, I’m enjoying what Lo Village is creating.
Since 2015, the Maryland group of Charles Tyler, Kane, and Ama have been making waves as Lo Village (I wonder where that name came from…). Their music is an smooth collage of hip-hop, neo-soul, and R&B with the group rapping, singing, and thoughtfully engaging with issues of race, introspection, and lofty musical aspirations. I’m really feeling their assured mo0d and eclectic production.
Their latest EP, Lost In America, is urgent, informed and inspired by last summer’s protests following the murder of George Floyd. At five tracks it’s a short but impactful EP, showing the group coming into their own with their production and lyricism.
I’ve been coming back to “Lost In America” in particular. The beat is understated and elemental with a present rumble, and Ama’s Erykah-referencing hook stays on my mind as Charles and Kane ruminate on finding inner strength to prevail over racist violence.