A few weeks ago I got my hands on the new Flexy album, Route 63, and at first I wasn’t sure what to think. I first came across Flexy when he sent me an email about a year and half ago, while performing as 3oNe3 alongside DJ Merf, asking us to take a look at one of their tracks. I gave it listen and I was digging the party sound this Midwest college kid with dreads was delivering. Since then Flexy has gone solo, shed the mainly party sound (and the dreads), and matured his sound greatly. Since going solo, Flexy has teamed up with fellow University of Missouri artist, Gramattyk, and started the record label Knew Habits. In January, Knew Habits started dropping bi-weekly tracks, the Worst Behavior Wednesday series, leading up to the release of EP’s from both Flexy and Gramattyk. If you followed the WBW’s you know that while Flexy’s sound has gone more vocal, he can drop some serious bars when he wants to.
After listening to Route 63 fully through I was blown away. While I started listening to Flexy for the party sound, I’m now listening for the R&B sound. The album is named for the direct route between Columbia and Baton Rouge which is where Flexy traveled this past summer for an internship. It was there, being away from everyone he knew, that he came up with the concept for this EP.
The album starts off with “Strange Coast” ft. Shea which immediately sets the tone for the album. “Strange Coast” has a very pop/Justin Timberlake chorus feel but also incorporates Flexy’s lyrical ability in the verses. Next up is my personal favorite, “Gabby”. “Gabby” has a very 80′s style MJ beat, however, it’s very catchy. I’ve been digging this track since Flexy released it as a single a few weeks ago. “That Was Easy (Interlude)” follows next, which incorporates a nice chorus with some skit like antics (complete with and iPhone ringer). The Interlude is followed up by “Missed Calls”, which has an almost Pharrell feel, “M(II)y Escape”, and “Is It Worth It”. After these three tracks, you’re sucked right back into the album with an a Capella intro to “Beachhouse”. “Beachhouse” has a very laid back R&B sound and is a perfect lead in to the final track on the album, also one of my favorites, “Taxi Cab”. ”Taxi Cab” is a great track to end the album with. It’s got a great chorus, catchy sound, and sick guitar riffs. This track was actually dropped last September and was the start of Flexy’s transition. It represented all the change and maturity he went through musically throughout the summer and was the starting point for Route 63.
Flexy’s come a long way since sending us “Guide Me Home” back in September 2012. This album is a big step in the right direction and I can’t wait to see what Flexy and Knew Habits come up with next. You can stream the album below but make sure you go out and grab this EP on iTunes!
Highlight Tracks: “Gabby”, “Taxi Cab”, “Beach House”, “Strange Coast”, and “That Was Easy (Interlude)”iTunes Download