Push and slay: Abdu Ali finds his voice

Push and slay: Abdu Ali finds his voice

DOWNLOAD: Abdu Ali, "Push + Slay"

Sitting outside a Mid-Town Belvedere coffee shop on a warm October afternoon, Abdu Ali Eaton was dressed a lot like his music sounds. He wore beat-to-hell pink-and-yellow Adidas high-tops, black sweatpants that scrunch at the bottom and a vintage Cosby sweater that peaked through a buttoned-up oversize camouflage jacket.

It's a messy, couldn't-care-less-what-anyone-thinks collage that defies categorization, yet somehow works in the 23-year-old's hands.

When talking with Ali, who records simply as Abdu Ali, it...