Here, Tablet keeps the upbeat Cloaked Characters' vibe alive, but does venture out into his own stylistic territory, experimenting with more electronic and dance sounds than we're used to hearing from CC. The album features plenty of familiar guest rappers and vocalists, including Mosley Wotta, Caitlin Cardier and even an appearance by Madchild of Swollen Members, but Tablet manages to keep his stamp on the record by anchoring each track with his own swagger.
Put It On The Tab is dancey as hell and incredibly melodic, as we hear on songs like "Dadadas" and "Moonlight" but what's probably most impressive about this disc is the sharp production (helped no doubt by Oneders' mastering and mixing) and refreshingly original beats, many of which were created by Tablet, but he also gets some assistance from Bend's own Brad Jones, among others.
While it's definitely a good-time disc, and we hear the word "party" countless times throughout, there's plenty of lyrical substance to be found and that's what really completes this remarkable debut by someone who will be worth keeping an eye on in the coming years.
Jay Tablet Album Release Party
BBQ beginning at 7pm, show at 9pm, Friday, April 1. Madhappy Lounge,
850 NW Brooks St.