Future Islands’ Sam Herring and Madlib Collaborate on Rap Project

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Trouble Knows Me

Sam Herring, of Future Islands fame, has tried his hand at rap before. He shows off his bars under the moniker Hemlock Ernst, and is now shifting his energy toward a new project, Trouble Knows Me. Herring has teamed up with Madlib, who produced the self-titled 12” EP due September 1 on Madlib Invazion.

The record’s title track features Herring’s smooth, laid-back flow over a soulful Sunny & the Sunliners sample. Lines like “With a crumpled pack of Camels and a tarnished coke spoon / Always thought I had potential, more than most do” toe the line between braggadocio and humility with delivery so suave, you’d think rap was his full-time gig. Stream “Trouble Knows Me” below.

The EP contains three vocal tracks alongside beats and instrumentals. Trouble Knows Me is out September 1 on Madlib Invazion.

Trouble Knows Me tracklisting:

Side A
01 Intro (Sensuous Cause)
02 Streetsweeper
03 Trouble Knows Me
04 Interlude (Vision Incomplete)
05 Celebrity Vision
06 Outro (Drums & Loops)

Side B
Instrumentals of Side A