I bet we could play this track fives times in a row for Sunday Night Chill and nobody would mind. “Acid Reign” is a brilliant piece of jazzy instrumental hip-hop by Chicago-based duo Tensei.
Imagine getting on a roller coaster ride — the excitement grabs you within the first few seconds. As you slowly climb higher, leaving the noise behind, the subtlety of senses surrounds you. And then, when you expect a drop, the ride derails and floats through a starry sky; it’s a beautiful, beautiful view, despite being over too soon.
Coincidentally, I came across information on the name “Tensei,” which means “starry sky” in Japanese. This is the moniker of choice for Simple X and Midas Wells. The two crossed paths in Chi-town, sharing a dorm in college. Their mutual love for hip-hop along with experimental production led to a natural chemistry, although they eventually lost touch. It was only until a few years ago that the two unintentionally crossed paths again and decided to work professionally together.
Their music is not majorly dependent on samples as the two use their own digital and instrumental skills, along with that of guest musicians and vocalists to create a unique diversity of sound. “Acid Reign” is something special, and I wish I discovered it a year back when it was released. If you haven’t heard this one either then be sure to check out the entire Tensei One EP over on SoundCloud.