It’s no secret by now that producers have stepped out of the background and asserted themselves in front of the cameras and headlines as any Mike WiLL Made-It video will underline.
It’s a phenomenon that can be traced back to Suge Knight’s historic sneak diss of Puffy at the 1995 Source Awards and one that has jumped the shark today as producers are as accepted as part of the artistry as ever before. It’s in that climate that we’ve seen beatmakers big and small make a name for themselves by coining a sound and attracting artists to it.
In the Windy City, one of the best doing it right now is the understated Drew Mantia, whose credits include hometown mainstays like Psalm One, ProbCause and Chance The Rapper. A consistent face on the scene for the last few years, Mantia crafted his upcoming project Feel Good Music from a myriad of sessions with a who’s who of the local underground scene like The Palmer Squares, who he teams up with again here for the single “Good Day”.
The track is a perfect primer for the full-length which provides listeners with a snapshot of a part of the scene that most across the country may not get the chance to experience. There’s layers here, and Mantia proves he can move seamlessly across a bevy of sounds. On “Good Day” he eschews electronic aspects and large drums for more instrumentally-informed backing that sets the tone for a warm spring day in the Midwest.
Expect more from Mantia in the coming weeks as he prepares for the release of Feel Good Music, but catch the vibes on this one.