“Incandescent” is a tough, cinematic new track from the duo of Teck-Zilla and Allen Poe, who provide a slapping instrumental and raw rhymes, respectively. It’s also the lead single off their anticipated upcoming joint EP, Lightbulb Over My Head While I’m Thinking.
Poe kicks off the track shooting down armchair quarterbacks and anyone disrespecting the hustle as Zilla loops a filthy sample. It’s a strong shot of Boom bap hunger, and it gives way to a nasty, brassy beatswitch from the Montreal-based producer and the track’s guest, Queens artist (and previous Poe collaborator), Hannibal King. His verse supplies some extra grit to “Incandescent,” which dashes through your eardrums and begs for repeated listens.
And while you give it another spin, here’s some history on the duo. Poe and Zilla connected following the release of the emcees acclaimed How Gardens Grow project and even worked together for a brief period on UK rap blog, The Word Is Bond. But it wasn’t until the producer took a trip to his native Nigeria that the blueprint for Lightbulb came together. It was there that Zilla found inspiration in his surroundings in addition to Poe’s work, Elzhi’s “Glow,” and episode of Breaking Bad, among other sources. And soon enough, he brought the soundscapes to his collaborator and like that, Lightbulb was born.