The Chicago hip-hop Renaissance is fully upon us, and yet another group of talented artists from the Windy City have offered a contribution to the culture. More specifically, avert your attention to Westside producer Squeak PIVOT, and Chicago import by way of The Congo, Sundé. As part of “Squeaky Clean Sundays,” the PIVOT Gang member dropped the track “Good Water” yesterday via his SoundCloud, an inaugural collaboration, he says, that’s one of many.
“The whole process behind this track was very beautiful and organic,” Squeak told RESPECT. via email. “I’d only been working with Sundé for about two weeks at that point, and one thing I noticed about her is how quick she comes up with ideas. She goes in and lays down a hook and a whole verse in about fifteen minutes.”
Recorded at Chicago’s Classick Studios, the track sports Sundé’s vocals landing softly upon shifts of spastic maracas and bongos. Squeak’s production on the track flexes a nuance for proportions, each separate sound settling in it’s own light, accentuating itself and then giving way to Sundé’s gentle airiness.
“It was my first time working with [Classick’s] Cole Kruggel and Squeak, yet everyone’s individual and intricate contribution to the track is what brought out its ‘delicate hip-hop’ sound,” Sundé admitted.
The track refers back to an earlier time in the artist’s life when she was living in the The Congo, a country entrenched in a civil war.
“Being born during a civil war in Congo and later forced to a refugee camp with few relatives as an adolescent directly connects with the purpose of this track,” she told RESPECT.. “During the writing process I continued reverting back to the unseasoned thoughts of a younger me living under the conditions of a refugee camp while simultaneously being and maintaining the spirit of child.”
Too poignant to pass up, this track marks the first of many according to Squeak.
“There’s a lot more Squeak production on the way,” he promised.
Check out “Good Water” below, and stayed tuned for what’s next from both of these artists.