Trebino, Jay B. Coolin & DJ Sixteen, Genesis Renji, Zed Kenzo, King Retro, Ice, Duck, DJ Dee Franko

  • Lothlorien Co-op 244 West Lakelawn Place Madison, WI, 53703 United States
Trebino. Photo by Devan Marz.

Trebino. Photo by Devan Marz.

This big bill of Wisconsin-based hip-hop artists (dubbed "Strange Summer Vol. 1" by local rap promoters Strange Oasis) offers a good excuse to check out a few who explore austere, trap-infused territory. For Madison-based headliner Trebino that's meant a pretty straight-ahead approach—menacing and often dexterous rhymes over tough, oozing beats on singles like "You Ain't Gang" and the 2016 mixtape #BinoBusiness. However, "Intro," from the forthcoming BinoBusiness 2, might be his most promising track yet, packing a lot of tense, rapid-fire lines into a minute and a half. Fellow Madisonian King Retro, playing here to celebrate his new mixtape Retrospective, has been pursuing a psychedelic-influenced style he calls "trippy trap." On tracks like "LSD," "Lean," and "Bad Trip" combine thudding kicks with woozy, sparse, pitch-bent hooks. But he's also present and alert as a rapper, laying down clipped, biting verses that at once reinforce and contrast with the substance-impaired themes. King Retro, real name Branden Higgans, is a multi-instrumentalist and says he might move on to making other kinds of music after wrapping up this project, so it's worth catching while you can. Milwaukee rapper/producer Zed Kenzo also draws on trap elements in the beats she's been making for her newer songs, but adds twisting rhymes and expressive, improvised dance moves to surreal effect. —Scott Gordon