August 08 first made waves last year when he dropped his EP, Father, as 88rising’s first non-Asian signee. He’s continuing that momentum with a new song, “Blood on My Hands,” featuring Smino.
The song exudes a slippery energy, deftly transcending hip hop, R&B and electronic music. “Waiting on my soul weighs you down / We should let it go, I stuck around too long,” he sings, his treated vocals fraying at the edges. “The thought is on my mind to get away from you / With karma on my back, I only lose.” Smino backs him up with an agile verse.
“Sometimes it feel like I’m in a love triangle,” he mused on Twitter when announcing the track. “Between my music and the women I love.” Listen to “Blood on My Hands” here: