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Tracks of the Week: Take it Easy by Jyroscope & Montana Macks

Jyroscope - the project of MCs I.B. Fokuz, Collasoul Structure, and DJ Seanile - and producer Montana Macks release “Take It Easy,” the newest single from their recently announced collaborative EP Happy Medium, out July 23rd. “Take It Easy” is an equally composed lesson in jazz, hip-hop, and meditation. It sees the group finding a ‘happy medium’ in their lives, appreciating what they have and who surrounds them. “It just seemed like I was going through this gauntlet of horrible shit that just kept coming,” Collasoul Structure says of the single’s genesis, explaining, “I literally closed my eyes for a moment and said to myself, ‘take it easy, bring it down.’” On “Take It Easy,” Fokuz offers his rebuttal to life’s myriad of challenges: “Peace is an everyday practice when ya conscious/ just a little levity can shake up the monotonous/ I sit and meditate when I awake and let the mind rinse.

Happy Medium is a potent manifestation of an endless journey for balance. Over sleepy jazz samples layered in well seasoned beats courtesy of Montana Macks, the aptly-titled Happy Medium EP sees Jyroscope exploring the difficulty in maintaining a focus on one’s craft, career, and the life responsibilities that come with putting down roots and starting a family.

Preceding Happy Medium, Jyroscope released several projects including the Hip House mixtape, On The House, and the bouncy boom bap-filled, MUTEEP. With a reputation around Chicago and beyond for their polished, high energy live performances, Jyroscope teamed up with long time friend and producer Montana Macks (Chicago Reader’s 2020 runner up for Best Hip Hop producer) for Happy Medium, their best effort to date. Happy Medium is the result of over a year's worth of work that began with a wildly fruitful session in late 2019. They felt the title best reflected where they currently are as artists and people. With their poetic rhymes and heart-felt imagery, Happy Medium makes for a captivating listen, one that is sure to have fans new and old itching to run it back well before the final note has faded away.

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