The Royal Chief / Photo by Fally Afani

Slick beats and gorgeous harmonies are dripped all over the Groundwork EP, the latest from The Royal Chief. Opener “Fawkes Freestyle” gives a dripping metal clang to an echo underneath the vocals as if to emphasize the space his words are filling up. The backing chorus of voices give a majestic and beautiful aura.

The breakneck pace of “Keep That (Same Energy)” is the high octane jam needed this spring. A stellar guitar solo brings it home on “Wings.” References to Do The Right Thing, Patrick Mahomes, and Chance the Rapper cover both classic and contemporary, giving Groundwork something for everybody.

Favorite Tracks: “Fawkes Freestyle” & “Remind Me”