Los Angeles-based rapper Open Mike Eagle has announced a new album with the chill title What Happens When I Try To Relax. As an added bonus, he also shared a new song called “Relatable (peak OME)”. Brick Body Kids Still Daydream was one of my 2017 hip-hop highlights with its forward-thinking beats, unique flavor, and Open Mike Eagle‘s amazing flows.

The new single by itself is already a highlight. Polychromatic synths open up a synthwave vibe, while a heavy synth bass brings the low end. The upbeat drums ease the very thick, oversaturated atmosphere a bit and finally, after almost a minute, the man himself steps on. After half a minute of bars over bars over bars, we are greeted by a short but sweet trumpet solo; a nice change from all the synthesizers, and a great ear-catcher as well. The lyrics themselves are about how he’s relatable like everybody else, but too unique to be related to. It’s an oxymoron, spoken in a time where everybody wants to be relatable but also an individual like no other.

As if this wasn’t enough, he also announced new tour dates, which you can see here:

09-27 Washington, DC – Songbyrd Music House
09-28 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
10-05 Los Angeles, CA – Adult Swim Festival
10-19 Den Haag, Netherlands – Paard
10-20 Darmstadt, Germany – Oetinger Villa
10-21 Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
10-22 Berlin, Germany – Kantine Am Berghain
10-23 Prague, Czech Republic – Stings of Autumn Festival
10-24 Warszawa, Poland – Smolna 38
10-25 Barcelona, Spain – Arrte
10-26 Paris, France – Centre Culturel Hip Hop

11-05 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
11-06 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
11-08 Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club
11-12 Tustin, CA – Marty’s On Newport
11-13 Tempe, AZ – Coca-Cola Sun Deck at Sun Devil Stadium
11-16 Austin, TX – Empire Control Room & Garage
11-17 Houston, TX – The Bronze Peacock at House of Blues Houston
11-18 Dallas, TX – Dada Dallas
11-23 Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar

You can follow Open Mike Eagle on Facebook.

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