And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for. Shad and Skratch Bastid just let loose their collaborative EP, The Spring Up. The five-track offering has a classic (slight pun intended), cut-heavy sound, with features from Cadence Weapon and DJ Jazzy Jeff. The Spring Up has an easygoing feel, and for an EP, it also sounds quite polished – much more so than melancholy and the infinite shadness, although that’s no dig at the previous EP. For more on the EP, make sure to read our interview with Skratch Bastid (shameless bit of self-promotion: he described the interview as the best questions he’s ever received). Stream and download The Spring Up EP below. Shouts to Pigeons and Planes on the premiere.

“The Spring Up is the result of fortunate timing, grapefruit Perrier, a shared high school obsession with Outkast’s Aquemeni, and a couple of sessions at Skratch Bastid’s Toronto studio this April. The 5 track collection marks a moment in time for the pair; embodying the spirit of Spring and also serving as a sort of prelude to Shad’s upcoming full-length, to which Skratch Bastid also contributes.”