You should have known don’t trust a poet,
Cause we know how to speak
Crush Me provides a more stripped back, bare K.Flay. K.Flay fills the missing gap in modern hip hop. It’s dark and there’s something about it that entices a listen. Initially, I wasn’t sure if K.Flay was going to be able to follow up her previous work “Life As A Dog”, but this EP definitely tops it.
“Blood In The Cut” opens with a simple guitar before K.Flay comes in with her usual dour, gloomy lyrics. This beat would not be out of place on an indie record, especially as we approach the hook with the simple, yet effective addition of toms and distortion on the guitar. The catchy hook really helps to open Crush Me with a bang.
“Hollywood Forever” reminds me of the reason I was first so caught by K.Flay. It’s a masterpiece of self-destructive thinking, a polar opposite of what modern hip hop has become. She picks herself apart and completely strips herself bare. The beat isn’t too overwhelming; it sits with the overall feel of the lyrics.
The penultimate track, “Dreamers,” leaves me questioning if K.Flay can actually write anything but good music. The beat perfectly fits the title. It opens with a floating synth before retreating to a simple drum/sub combo. This track may be about what K.Flay would change if she had the option to go back in time. The flow in this track is reminiscent of old K.Flay with the multi-syllabic start/stop flow. The delicate feel slots into place, and stands as another wonderful lesson in reminiscing.
“You Felt Right” is an insight into failed romance. K.Flay wrote each verse starting in a similar way, which adds to the feeling of things repeating. This is the highlight of the EP, calling back to her earlier beats.
This EP is a solid follow-up to K.Flay’s previous works and holds its weight as a solo work. After four superb tracks, I’m left wanting more. Crush Me is available to buy here, or it can be streamed on Apple Music and Spotify.