Swellthy is back with a new beat tape, Share The Swellth Vol. 2. Obviously the second in the series, it bounces along for 17 minutes and features a whole variety of beats, from off-kilter boom bap and organic drum sounds, to the ticking of trap and R&B flavoured snare fills, featuring a seemingly disparate instrumental toolkit: samples from atmospheric old songs and recognisable pop alike, with doomful bass, and liquid synthwork; at one point I can hear a super-slow edit of Justice's 'D.A.N.C.E', earlier on there's a quote from The Bridge on the River Kwai, and all the while an occasional "Very Swellthy..." echoes through the music.

It's a truly varied scattering of beats, with particular attention paid to snares: they pop, crack, shuffle; are full-bodied, thin, distorted. "A simple snare can be the difference between a regular beat and a great one," says Swellthy himself - aka Oab Jenkins (as a recording artist) aka Tevin White (irl) - who was cool enough to shed some light on his series of beat tapes.

"Basically I wanted to take people on a journey that would give them the type of vibes I live off of, but through beats," he explains. "I made the Share The Swellth Series in essence being something that people can listen to at all times of the day." Indeed, it serves as a sonic illustration or accompaniment to whatever you're doing: clicking around the internet, enjoying a spot of long division, drinking a piña colada with your feet in a paddling pool, playing Minecraft.

But like all aspiring artists, it's not just about sharing music: it's also about dreaming big. He counts 9th Wonder and J Dilla as influences; "I look at those guys and see the history they've created with just beats alone and it amazes me all the time," Swellthy tells me. "I'm glad to see J Dilla's MPC on display at Washington D.C. he was really that great." He also cites his "music brother" Pitch, founder of the GrandStaff Collective of which Swellthy is also a part, "he's really helped me open my mind to producing." In fact, being part of a collective like that - being able to support each other and be positive about each other's creativity - is a major plus for any artist.

In the same way that those two greats of the beatmaking keep him determined in his own work, he hopes to do the same for others. "I just hope someone can listen to the series and say, 'man, he's got these swell beats but he's not known yet?' I want that to be an inspiration for anyone that has a dream like I do. Inspire people to do so much more."

Check out Swellthy's first Share The Swellth beat tape that we featured right here on The 405.