Maxwell Sanchez, who goes by Flawless, finds a way to channel two completely different mindsets on his single “Free the Wave.” It plays like a battle of perception – inward understanding v. outward image. You get a brazen confidence at first. Then you’re met with a young man who’s faced is growing up and the impending question of what’s next.

Act One has a production based around deep, wavey doom bass that rattles the earth. With one big-time reference and comparison dropped one at a time, you can’t help but soak in the production as well. It makes you wonder if this is what it would be like if John Carpenter became a hip-hop producer. These sci-fi beats then change to a more atmospheric, almost dreamlike sequence.

Act Two sees synth become more central than any of the drops or deep rhythms that crop up every now and then. This is due to the content Sanchez is focusing on. He admits to fear of the future on a track that’s full of the earnestness we look for. There are struggles with being too young to be in love, expectations from family members, and emptiness.

It’s refreshing to hear, and the music world, quite frankly, needs more of this right now.