OKP Premiere: Mike Baker The Bike Maker Returns w/ The Summer Vibes On His 'Cool Ass Life' LP
Cover art by Sophia Chang
It’s been a minute since we caught up with NYC-by-way-of-The-Bay do-it-all Mike Baker The Bike Maker, but the funky fellow is back with a sprawling, cooled-out new album for your listening pleasure. Cool Ass Life finds the Bike Maker in true form, playful and cordial with his words as he rides over a barrage of vibe-y, house and golden era hip-hop inflected sonic concoctions, helmed by Trackademicks, 1-O.A.K and REL in large part, making for what is perhaps one of the most ripe summer scores we’ve gotten in 2015 so far. The album features guest spots from Spree Wilson, Tanya Morgan, Rob Cave and plenty of his fellow HNRL members in supporting roles, making this 10-track outing a success by committee. If you’re unfamiliar, we implore you to jump back and get acquainted with one of the city’s illest ambassadors of the funk. Stream Mike Baker The Bike Maker’s smooth-as-all-hell Cool Ass Life LP below, along with the album’s inaugural video clip below and grab a copy of the album on iTunes today to fit your summer cookouts with the perfect audible accompaniment.