Austin, Texas’ Western Tink showcases his relaxed, full-of personality flow over a collection of strong beats, some seemingly salvaged from tossed-off Bay Area tapes. “Get Ratchet” lurches forward, its beat segmented by steady drum slaps and Tink’s wheezy huffs. “That Lyfe,” a posse outro featuring Tink’s internet friends MondreM.A.N., Squadda B and Shady Blaze that was probably recorded over Skype but sounds like it was recorded in a hot-boxed back seat, is sprinkled with tiny bells. Chillin Like a Civilian, recorded in Austin this winter, was engineered by Ruler Why. It precedes Tink and producer Beautiful Lou’s album, Mobbin No Sobbin, which will be released by Mishka later this year.
Download: Western Tink, Chillin Like a Civillian