To celebrate the Ides of March, local emcee and production duo Ocean Ghosts have released Die on Top, which is available for free download at their website.

The record veers more toward the smooth, soul-drenched hip-hop that characterized early Outkast. They also borrow from artists like Chromeo and Har Mar Superstar. Though more sophisticated than their early party-hardy anthems, their sense of humor remains intact, and their voices have only gotten stronger.

Check Thursday's Alive for more coverage. For now, try this jam on for size:

Ocean Ghosts -- "Bottom Gun"