Detroit brother/sister duo Junii & Natrol Black caught our attention with their brand of hip-hop, which delights in taking chances by contrasting competing elements for a cool, edgy result. The lulling, hypnotic and sometimes dissonant “Longwayhome” begins with what becomes the song’s chorus/ hook, “...skydive until I’m halfway home.” Both siblings alternate at the mic, dropping flows that are by turns brisk and methodical. Junii’s turns are at first beguiling and then bristling. The production shows a musicality that we like—for instance, the relentless metallic chiming in “Drought.” Our favorite is “Willow Tree” with its desolate beat that is not only eerie and spacey, but includes a jazzy piano, too.
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Style: Hip-Hop/Neo Soul