SOUL GLO: The Nigga in Me Is Me: LP

Cathartic hardcore from Philadelphia. Maniacal vocals backed by the resulting sounds of a head-on collision between (early) Daughters and Wrangler Brutes; a little noise and industrial influence never hurt no one either. The lyrics alone are one masterpiece after another with several punches to the gut, such as that of disillusionment with so-called allies in the scene (“Trickle down indie rock loves rap, white DIY is a dead end path and yall can have that bullshit back”), the realities of living in a police state, and the lack of a willingness to put up with any more shit that comes with being a band with POC in a predominantly white scene. As a person of color, the words hit pretty fucking hard and made me realize just how much more work is needed in even the safest of spaces for marginalized artists. Then again, the music and lyrics on this record are anything but safe and that’s what I fucking love about it. This will prove to be a very important recording in modern hardcore punk history, perhaps even replacing the tainted legacy of Bad Brains. But only if you shut the fuck up and listen. –Juan Espinosa (SRA, soulglophl.bandcamp.com, srarecords.com)