New York Tristate rappers SleeyHollow & Sleepy V’s collaborative work as Sleepy Squids has evolved from deconstructed industrial experiments into increasingly polished and hypertrap bops across 4 years of continuous activity. Their fourth full-length mixtape, Squid Girl - named after an anime character of the same name presented on the cover - thumps with HD aggression, evoking smoke-filled back rooms and breezy car rides with the top down. There are echoes of their earlier, more unfinished mode in tracks like “Zs in my Sleep (feat. Jack Blerry)” and “Going Up” but overall the album presents a step forward, with polished production and forward-looking aesthetics laced through lyrics, flows, rhythms and beats. Their musical instincts feel alternately street, internet savvy, and rebellious, befitting a group whose discography spans “genres” as divergent as noise, EDM, and experimental hip-hop.
SleepyHollow characterizes it as a “collaborative product where a ’sleepy world’ can be heard,” seamlessly integrating “the Cook Thugless inclusion.” Recorded primarily in New Jersey, with additional sessions sourced in New York.