Murs and Slug’s interactivity, energy and comradery are all fundamental to Felt’s legacy, but the production on Felt albums has also been a major part of their success. Their first three albums were each produced by The Grouch, Ant of Atmosphere, and Aesop Rock, respectively. With such notable variance in the soundscapes of each album, the MC’s were also allowed to share a unique side of their selves each release.
A lot has changed since their last release over ten years ago, not only in the world but also in both their personal lives. Their careers have continued to elevate, their families have continued to grow, and their fourth album, Felt 4 U is something of a reflection of those changes. But there’s familiarity too, with Ant returning to handle full production again, calling on influences from funk, soul, blues, country and hip-hop.
While Felt 3 had a wintery feel, Felt 2 sounded perfect in autumn, and the first Felt captured the sounds of spring, Felt 4 U is a distinctly summery album. From the retro funk-fueled opening chords of “Never’s Enough” to the smooth, smoky vibes of “Underwater", this is a rap album that demands as much attention for the music, as it does for the rappers themselves.