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