Lou Phelps is one of Canada's foremost purveyors of club-rap cuts. He started making music in 2011 with his older brother KAYTRANADA, forming a future-rap group called The Celestics. Using the moniker Louie P, Phelps developed a reputation for creating tasteful and danceable electro-rap, releasing Supreme Laziness in 2014 and curating Cause I Wanna, an 80-minute DJ mix that featured tracks from DJ Rashad, RP Boo, and Kyle Hall. In 2017, Phelps released 001: Experiments, his debut project which racked up over one million plays on SoundCloud and featured appearances from Bishop Nehru, Innanet James, and KALLITECHNICS.
This second album is "me telling relatable love stories that I have lived/Imagined/fantasized about, and it contains the good and bad and the ugly of a relationship," Phelps says. It sees KAYTRANADA as executive producer, with guest spots from BADBADNOTGOOD, JAHKOY, Planet Giza, Pony, and Karriem Riggins.
Anticipation for the record grew as Pheps dropped one track after the other, his latest being "Squeeze," featuring fellow Canadian R&B singer JAHKOY, with production by ROMderful of Soulection. “This track was about a girl I was seeing at the time. The relationship turned out to be horrible but it’s all good,” Phelps says of the track concept. “Jahkoy has an amazing voice and a lot of flavor. I’m honestly glad he killed the joint like he did.”
Previously, Phelps shared visuals for "Miss Phatty," directed by longtime collaborator Christian Boakye-Agyeman. The song features production by BADBADNOTGOOD.
"Come Inside," available below, is the album’s first single that has been on heavy rotation since its drop in February, featuring Toronto rapper, Jazz Cartier, and frenetic cut, Want To (For The Youth).
For more information on Phelps, read our feature here.
01. Fun And Games
02. Come Inside (feat. Jazz Cartier) [Kaytranada Edit]
03. Squeeze (feat. JAHKOY)
04. 2 Seater (feat. Planet Giza)
05. Miss Phatty
06. Tasty (feat. Pony)
07. August Rain (The Reflexion Interlude)
10. Want To (For The Youth)
002 / LOVE ME is available now via Last Gang Records.