wisconsin isn’t exactly synonymous with hip-hop, but artists like milo and safari al have been carving out an interesting intellectual niche for the past few years. the latter recently teamed up with fellow labelmates jp merz and paul smirl to form mantras, a project that infuses hip-hop with indie rock in a completely infectious way. i’m still trying to wrap my head around easy, hogarth, the first ep from the band, and i’ll be offering a more coherent examination of the project in the coming days. for now, take a listen to easy, hogarth below, courtesy of mantra’s bandcamp page. snag a download if the mood strikes you, or throw the guys a couple of bucks if you’re feeling particularly generous.