Producer Jonah Swilley and rapper Brandon “Bez” Evans are the two brains behind the hip-hop duo Revival Season. Their debut album, Golden Age of Self Snitching, is out February 23rd via Heavenly Recordings, and they’re previewing it with the lead single “Pump.”
Citing artists like Dungeon Family, OutKast, and Beastie Boys as some of their main inspirations, Revival Season often nod to hip-hop’s roots with their funk-forward approach. The duo formed while Swilley was looking for his next collaborator, and Bez quickly proved to be the man for the job, creating an “instant rapport and creative chemistry.”
“We kinda worked backwards, reverse-engineered a lot of songs,” explains Swilley, who’d make beats out of Bez’s isolated vocals. “I’d build a track around what he was doing vocally, kind of fill it out rhythmically, using his vocal as an instrument, seeing how I could accompany that musically and make it serve the vocal.”
“Pump” pays homage to Revival Season’s Georgian roots, indebted to classic Southern hip-hop of the ’90s. It’s got a retro, bouncing beat that feels tailor-made for block parties — not to mention its equally nostalgic music video — but its subject matter is much more timely for the 2020s.
Pre-orders for Golden Age of Self Snitching are ongoing. See its artwork and tracklist and listen to “Pump” below.
Golden Age of Self Snitching Artwork:
Golden Age of Self Snitching Tracklist:
01. Look Out Below
02. Barry White
03. The Path
04. Message in a Bottle
05. Last Dance
07. Golden Silverware
13. Eyes Open
14. Love to See It