When producer Peejay released his last collected project, Walkin, Vol. 1, we liked it a lot. There was something so funky about the beats that managed brings a sense of coolness (temperature-wise) while still having that kind of just-under the surface bop feeling that stuck with us. Walkin, Vol. 2 brings that same sense of mellow bop to a new collection featuring (mostly) new artists.
We love the jazz in every track on this set. Starting off and ending with two instrumental tracks that are infused with just a touch of hip-hop, we are off on a smooth ride with only just a few bumps that urge us to get up and groove on the floor. There is a legitimate B-side to this set as half is R&B and half is hip-hop and the clear line between the two makes it easier to progress through the set without whiplash while also allowing the listener to start of a little slow, ramp up just a touch, and then cool down again.
If there is one knock you can give this set is that very little has change about the style in the last two years. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing when it comes to producers as it is usually incumbent upon the singer(s)/rapper(s) to bring most the flavor, but it is worth noting and we would like to see Peejay expand his sound a little by the time the next release rolls around.
The features are all solid and good fits for their perspective production choices. Everyone seems very much in their element and there isn’t a time when you can make the comparison that someone isn’t as engaged as someone else. They all bring something a little different to the set but still manage to make it all sound cohesive and well-planned. We will say, after this, we are looking for Peejay to come with more collaborations with Beenzino as both I Drive Slow and I Get Lifted are major favorites across the two albums.
This is a sleeper of an album. If you haven’t heard it yet, take a listen when you’re about to chill for the evening; it will set the mood nicely.
Our favorite tracks are Stranger, NA B YA, and I Drive Slow. If we are forced to pick, After Summer and Outro are the most skippable due to them being instrumentals.