We're living in an age where hardly a day goes by without a new mixtape getting released. As music fans this is great, and hip-hop is certainly a genre that thrives on it, but why release one?

The reasons are numerous really: they can act as a taster to a forthcoming commercial release, provide a nice home for older material, or, if you're particular clever, circumnavigate copyright issues. Whatever the reason, the result is an internet flooded with them, making it increasingly harder to hunt out the good ones.

Former Kids These Days head Vic Mensa releases his latest mixtape, Innanetape, off the back of collaborations with friend and current man-of-the-moment Chance The Rapper, a planned tour with Disclosure and a huge amount of hype. Suffice to say, expectations are high. It isn't until the latter parts of the tape that Mensa lets us all know about the pressures though.

"Welcome to INNANET" is exactly that. A welcome. It slowly builds from Mensa's careful flow into faster rhymes, showcasing his talent as an MC. This is then followed by a couple of soulful, multi-layered tracks: the Pharrell-esque 'Orange Soda' is as radio friendly as you can expect to find on the album, with its deadly combination of falsetto vocals and tight spoken word on full show, and 'Lovely Day' - once again displaying that fast non-stop rapping ability, interspersed with his natural voice.

After providing a verse for Chance The Rapper's 'Cocoa Butter Kisses', Chance repays the favour here by guesting on 'Tweakin'. For anybody who dismissed Mensa as a clone of the Acid Rap man, hearing the two side by side will once again dispel that myth. In fact, the two complement one another to such an extent that further collaborations are a must. 'Tweakin' isn't just the standout track on this mixtape, it's one of the best hip-hop tracks of the year so far.

The guest spots don't end there. Jesse Boykins III adds funk to 'Magic', Rockie Fresh pops up on 'Time Is Money', and Eliza Doolittle excels on 'YNSP'. The latter is a look back at his life and the signing of record deals, a theme which continues through to 'Hollywood LA'. It's obviously a world that he is uneasy with, and one that he continues to try and adapt to.

A couple of fillers mark a distinct drop in quality, before we're hit with the one-two of 'Yap Yap' and the brilliant 'RUN!', featuring Brainfeeder artist Thundercat. Both are perfect pick-me-ups, and much livelier than the rest. The closer, 'That Nigga', finally explains the story Mensa is trying to tell here regarding the work he's put into his fledgling career thus far, the pressure that he feels, the struggles he had in the band and the choices he must now make. It might turn into a bit of an acceptance speech at the end, but it gives him the opportunity to vent, and he does just that.

Innanetape is a very good introduction to Vic Mensa as a solo artist. Not perfect by any means (it does drag about three quarters of the way through), but there is enough variation here to warrant numerous plays. Now we must sit back and await his next move, whether it be further mixtapes or a commercial release. Either way, we're excited.