By Paul McAleer
As Scallops Hotel, Wisconsin rapper and producer Milo creates tranquil atmospheres like an alchemist who found the philosopher’s stone. He knows when to let the beat rise and bubble before splashing in his conversational flow, which is reminiscent of Earl Sweatshirt in style and skill. Sovereign nose of (y)our arrogant face is the second entry in a trilogy that began last year with Over The Carnage Rose A Voice Prophetic.
The production is minimal and piano-heavy, meshing perfectly with Milo’s poetic and often hilarious versus touching on topics like socioeconomic shifts and Mortal Kombat references. Fittingly, on “Rank, Title, Pressures,” Scallops Hotel mentions Mugen, a character from the stylish and hip-hop-inspired anime Samurai Champloo, which used to air on Adult Swim. The network is known for its impeccable music between shows, favouring sounds on the Flying Lotus spectrum. In this sense, the 25 year-old rapper is embracing the influences of his youth as Scallops Hotel, carrying the fluttering torch to enlighten a new generation. Whether his next release is labelled as Scallops Hotel or Milo, Rory Ferreira proves time and time again he can turn his old influences into modern gold.Ruby Yacht, Scallops Hotel, Sovereign nose of (y)our arrogant face