For every nightclub that was missing that definitive hip-hop swagger this summer, Koblack has the perfect offering in his brand new single, the high-powered “I Love Sosua (Dominican Republic),” which is currently out everywhere that independent music is available. Critics and rap aficionados from one coast to the next have been abuzz with the work that Koblack has been turning out from his studio sessions in 2018 and 2019, and I think there’s an argument to be made that “I Love Sosua (Dominican Republic)” is the best of the bunch by a mile. It sports a freestyle-esque crown jewel in its vocal track, a bassline that stops just short of crushing the percussion into dust, and a polished vibrato that is both understated and excessive in the most hypnotic of fashions.
The percussion takes a little bit to warm up and find its groove at the onset of “I Love Sosua (Dominican Republic),” but once it does, we’re off and running with a rollercoaster-style rhythm that has so many bends and curves that we’re constantly wondering what wall of sound we’re about to run head-on into next. Koblack is chill from the get-go, slicing away at the verses as if he were some sort of lyrical samurai, and even at the music’s most claustrophobic and smothering, nothing is able to put out the flame that his vocal ultimately sparks. As we get closer and closer to the chorus, there’s an impending sense of doom that looms over the bassline, but turning back at this point is anything but possible.
With the force of a thousand tidal waves, the hook in the chorus smacks down on us with impunity, and Koblack finally lets a little bit of catharsis into the track through his swirling utterance of the lyrics. I would have made the bass just a dash louder in this part of the song than he did, but I can understand why he wanted to keep the main focus on the rapping, which sort of binds the different instrumental parts together and keeps everything from feeling fragmented and/or thrown together. Koblack has shown himself to be a really inventive recording artist, and it would seem to me that he’s only improving with time and experience (the latter of which he’s racked up in spades over the last year and a half).
“I Love Sosua (Dominican Republic)” comes to a conclusion in a meltdown of melodies led into the darkness by Koblack himself, and while the track is fairly short (coming in at three minutes and forty seven seconds in total length), it has a captivating presence that makes it feel much longer. It would be really intriguing to hear an extended remix of this song before the summer is over, but even if this is the only incarnation that we hear of it outside of Koblack’s touring in the future, I have a feeling that it will still be one of the most discussed releases of his scene this season. He’s made a fan out of me, and once you give it a spin for yourself, I think you’ll be in the same boat as I am.