Renowned New York DJ and producer Preservation has become quite the esoteric name in hip-hop over the past two decades, developing a following for his work alongside Mos Def, Ka, RZA, GZA, Raekwon, MF DOOM, Roc Marciano, KRS-One, Aesop Rock, and many more. Continuing to deep-dive into his Eastern influences, the famed producer has announced a new project titled Eastern Medicine, Western Illness, holistically produced during his time living in Hong Kong. To commemorate the news, Preservation has teamed up with Sage Ellsesser’s rap alter-ego Navy Blue for a new track and video titled “North Bridge.”
Sounding as if taken from a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack, Preservation’s production on “North Bridge” acts as if it was made for an old Spaghetti Western or kung fu flick. As twangy electric guitar strings gallop alongside clanging hi-hats and cinematic snares, his vision remains uncompromised as Navy Blue provides a steady stream of lyrical consciousness. “Spliff charred though we know it’s hard to cope, you see/It’s been difficult to hold a dream/For at least about 24/Avalanche my blessings pouring down it/I’m at heaven’s door,” he raps. The visual highlights Preservation’s time in Hong Kong, delivering a slew of heavily-edited clips from the city with overlapping shots of Navy Blue delivering his verse.