We’ve got a ton of free Colorado music in store for you this week in Steal This Track, so let’s not waste any time. First up, we’ve got some exciting, exclusive first listens of soulful hip-hop from Molina, a.k.a. Molina Soleil, a.k.a. Adrian Molina of SoulAju. Then we’ve also got dancefloor madness from DJ Vanish, quirky indie pop from Jon Forrest Little and garage raucousness from Warhawk‘s forthcoming EP. Make some room on your hard drive because this is a meaty one. If you like your music free, loud and local, this is your lucky day.
In addition to his beloved Colorado Rockies cap, Adrian H. Molina wears many hats — performance poet, neo-soul rhymesayer, community activist, educator. These days, however, he’s trying on a hat he hasn’t worn in a while — that of a straightforward rapper. Reclaiming the name Molina — which he insists is his cultural name, not simply his government name — the Wyoming native who now calls Denver home is also reclaiming his passion for politically savvy lyrics with a revolutionary bent. “Name and Town,” the new album Molina has produced in collaboration with Albuquerque based beatmaker Diles, will see daylight on Jan 18, but the lucky readers of Reverb get an exclusive sneak preview of lead track, “The Math,” with cuts by DJ Icewater and additional rhymes by poet Hakim Be, here on Steal This Track.
Molina has also contributed a track about community and unity to Diles’s forthcoming album, “Mood Static,” which will be available everywhere on Dec 17. Once again, Reverb readers get an exclusive first listen to “The Scene,” compliments of Molina and Steal This Track.
And just in case you haven’t had enough of Molina’s unique brand of conscious hip-hop, check out his ode to family, including a verse from his son. “Fam Biz” will see an official release tomorrow, and can be purchased from Bandcamp, but you can stream it right here, right now.
Even with all those releases, don’t expect Molina to slow down any time soon. He has big plans to do something very different — “his life’s work,” he calls it — early next year. You’ll hear about it in Reverb.
We’re not done with you yet for this week’s Steal This Track. Turn the page for tracks from DJ Vanish, Jon Forrest Little and Warhawk.