The latest album from Chicago producer Spectacular Diagnostics is a, well, spectacular collection of soulful boom bap beats interspersed with tasteful guest appearances from some of underground hip-hop’s best MCs. Showcasing Spectacular Diagnostic’s signature lof-fi boom bap sound (which he’s dubbed “moon bap”), Natural Mechanics is a blissful and lush laid back listen.
Mid-album standout track “Molasses” sounds like a jazzy hybrid between Houston’s screwed-up sound and early DJ Muggs productions, while “Like Me” uses a gospel vocal loop to create an evocative, soulful banger of a beat. Elsewhere, “_less than” features Philly MC lojii (a current fave) rapping over a lush, sun-tinged piano loop.
The whole album is a breezy ride of soulful, headnodic production that will have you nodding your head from start to finish.