His new project Balens Cho (Hot Candles) acts as a victory lap for the Newark-based wordsmith. Throughout Balens Cho’s 13 tracks, producers Nicholas Craven, Fortes, Conductor Williams and more complement Mach’s flow and wordplay with soulful samples and gentle jazz instrumentation.
Songs like “Wooden Nickels” show off Mach’s introspective side detailing, his family life and just how difficult it was for him growing up. It’s a side that’s not explored often from Mach, but is beautifully done on “Nickels” as well as the closing track “Self Luh.”
On “The Separation of the Sheep and the Goats,” he barrels through an uplifting soul sample, boasting about how his monotone raps are still better than the majority of his competitors. Based on the past year, his list of achievements seem to back up his claims.
From dropping his Westside Gunn-curated, highly-acclaimed album Pray for Haiti to working with Haitian producer Kaytranada on his latest EP, 2021 has been a landmark year for Mach. He’s proved time and time again that he is one of the most exciting lyrcists in the game currently and recently showed that he can rap over any production thrown at him.
Simply put, Balens Cho (Hot Candles) is yet another must listen in Mach-Hommy’s extensive catalog. Fans can not only expect more music from him in the near future, but can enjoy the pictures Hommy paints with his pen once more before year’s end.
Listen to ‘Balens Cho (Hot Candles)’ by Mach-Hommy below!