The revered media organization released its inaugural ‘See You Next Year’ compilation (Aug. 5) featuring redveil, Teezo Touchdown and more of music’s next wave.
P&P has become one of the most respected, left-of-center discovery outlets based off its sound curation and ceaseless underground finds. Now, it’s added an album to the mix — further bolstering its already established voice as a cultural tastemaker.
While the site is “brought to you by Complex,” Pigeons & Planes has always championed new music “across all genres and from all corners of the globe.” The first-ever Pigeons & Planes compilation album, which is executive produced by Mike Dean, is a true reflection of its mission statement, as See You Next Year not only employs the talents of OGM favorites in Teezo Touchdown and redveil, but also recruits other trendsetters in Baird, Fana Hues, Brevin Kim (“Chalice”) and more.
Coinciding the “first of its kind” LP, P&P implored fans to read about each artist and how the project came to form as they take in the tape, which took years to fully flesh out. “A Pigeons & Planes album is something I’ve thought about for years, and it’s blowing my mind that it actually exists in the world now,” P&P founder and general manager Jacob Moore said via Twitter — wholeheartedly celebrating the release of the 12-track album on Friday (Aug. 5).
See You Next Year’s title implies the artists included will be in a completely different space in the near future. Whether it’s Teezo’s touching, Queen-esque rock ballad “Roses” or Redveil’s fleeting, alt-rap cut “Float” — that sounds like a leftover from his self-produced album learn 2 swim — See You Next Year is packed to the brim with other “exciting artists on the rise.”
“Dime” — a posse cut that features a foursome of emcees in Ben Reilly, De’Von Parmer, Sherwin Davis and Samuel Deandre HArris — is an instant highlight off the record. With a catchy bounce and “tough beat,” the album’s more hip-hop centric cuts are offset by the experimental R&B undertones of Fana Hues’ “Drive.” Hues — who’s cultivated a loyal fan base off the back of collaborations with Tyler, The Creator and THEY. — captivates with a trippy performance on the late-night cruise anthem, crooning “I been goin 45 on the east side / something bout them curves ease my mind.”
The project reaches a grand finale when Mike Dean steps in for an otherworldly synth-dominant symphony — emulating the ethereal and cinematic essence found all over his April album SMOKE STATE 42222. Pushing the sound forward for the next wave, Dean is keeping his ear to the ground by steering a slew of these underground acts to stardom.
However, they were already doing that on their own, as See You Next Year is a beacon of uniqueness and an embodiment of where music is headed “Next Year.”
Listen to ‘See You Next Year’ below!