Post Tagged with: "Hip-Hop"

Lewis James :: Megacholy EP (Lowriders)

Megacholy delivers four swift and impacting bass-infused dosages creating a fluid ricocheting distortion set to stun. Dublin-Ireland’s Lewis James hits pretty hard on this EP for Netherlands-based Lowriders. Definitive, breaks, bass and bumpy rhythms fly by at 100-mph, rugged and furious from every angle. “Judo” is meant for the 3am sweaty dancefloor, its bustling drum’n bass, […]

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Two on the Radar :: Phoenician Blinds and L.U.C.A.

Exhilarating, vividly atmospheric fusion of jazz, afrobeat, rock and hip hop from new promising London-based quartet Phoenician Blinds, and a cosmic cinematic mélange of electronica, folk and bizarreness from Italy’s Francesco De Bellis a.k.a. L.u.c.a. Phoenician Blinds :: Elephantine (Self-Released) Although heavily influenced by legendary, luminary phenomenon Esbjorn Svensson Trio, versatile pianist and producer Robert […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 8

It’s been a few months since our last dedication to all things magnetic tape. But never fear, we’ve kept the reels turning and have unearthed a diverse range of noises and music for your listening pleasure—this time taking in cyberpunk IDM, Japanese ambient, crunchy electronica, experimental hip hop swagger and a dream about an apothecary. […]

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Valance Drakes :: Struggle Experienced Internally (Detroit Underground)

Bold, pitched percussion loops lay down the basis for each of these tracks, slowly filling with more density, adding a sense of tension and development without rhythmically slipping enough to betray the listener’s deeply nodding head. Prolific Londoner Valance Drakes delivers a strong EP of noisy hip-hop tempo experiments for the wide ranging Detroit Underground […]

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Lone :: Lemurian Re-Issue (R&S / Magic Wire)

Layering samples on old tape and making music on all manner of quaintly out-of-date appurtenances—one of the many musical children to which Boards of Canada have a right—both collections spin the radio dial and spray acrylic color all over the place. Lemurian, the 2008 debut album as Lone by Matt Cutler (now re-mastered by Matt […]

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Wermonster :: Solar Tales EP (Uncomfortable Beats)

Wermonster distills layers upon layers of found sounds and a few voices to orchestrate an organic musical amalgam of textured beatwork and transitory sonic vistas worth investigating further. Inspired by the urban environment, Wermonster—a Berlin-based French producer—has tailored an extended 4-track player that invites the listener to a plethora of downtempo fluttering beats, subdued hip-hop […]

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Tim Cosner :: DEADTECH / MODERNHOMES (Bonding Tapes)

A hot slice of strong beats and topnotch production served up on a warm sound bed full of analog goodness which serves this music well, adding a subtle layer of grit to the sound that clarifies some of the rougher parts and scratches up some of the cleaner bits. DEADTECH/MODERNHOMES by Tim Cosner is a […]

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SOUND STRIDER :: Electronic Explorations Mix

Dense, detailed and complex, this mix showcases a global cast of producers and emcees all specially selected for their unique disregard for musical boundaries and profound dedication to the art. Click play and let Sound Strider, your trusty guide to the audioverse, take you on an exhilarating ride through the gleaming, glitchy outskirts of 21st […]

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ODAE :: If Things Had Memories, The Stories They’d Tell (Morning Hour)

Each track offers something of a carnival of textures, beats and downtempo segments strung around with vocal samples and snippets of conversation. Both as text and texture, If Things Had Memories… contains many stories in fragments, in hints and allusions. What if things could speak to us? What if they had memories? These are the questions […]

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Himuro Yoshiteru :: Balance EP (Acroplane)

Layered electronics that casually hints at an acoustic base. It starts off great, first track “New Balance” is a refreshingly layered electronica track that casually hints at an acoustic base. The track comes alive when the guitar chords come in. The result is a instantly accessible tune. Aching to The Books’ experiments with abstract electronica, […]

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Drop Logik :: Phase Lift EP (Plastic Sound Supply)

Nestled between cohesive electronics, hip-hop, glitch, jazz and bass lies this vaporous extended player making its way into a meandering calm stream. Magnetic waves spinning through patches of space, Drop Logik (aka Colorado’s Chad Dixon) delivers dub-slivered glitch and downbeat groove slabs on the Phase Lift EP. A silky smooth and acrobatic rhythmic tone shimmies […]

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Polyklinik :: Mental Market EP (Bedroom Research)

This blend of abstract hip-hop should not work—its beats so thoroughly exhausted by the Brainfeeder crew and deconstructed by its heirs—but Polyklinik’s variations are rich enough to deserve repeated plays. Polyklinik’s Mental Market is a clear example of an out of place and out of time beat scene aesthetic that rehashes certain elements of the […]

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N’DangR Species & Roel Funcken set to release Night Terrors EP (Outside)

N’DangR Species and Roel Funcken set to release their electro-meets-hip-hop collaborative EP Night Terrors this Halloween 2014. [Soundcloud stream] PRESS-RELEASE:  The 7-track Night Terrors EP will be digitally released worldwide on October 31, 2014 via Outside Recordings and available to download from all major music outlets including iTunes, Amazon and Juno Download. A limited 100 […]

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Porya Hatami :: Land & Land Remixes (Inner Ocean)

Corollary to Inner Ocean’s re-release of Porya Hatami’s Land (originally only 250 copies on Somehow Recordings) comes an addendum of remixes. A genuine sense not only of season or climate but place permeates Land. For me, Land takes a sanguine view of the “cold” time of year. After a long, hot, working summer, Land is […]

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Rustie :: Green Language (Warp)

Rustie makes music for hyperactive beat heads that have gone off their meds and started to obsessively play Zelda. “Goodness gracious the synths! Will they ever stop?” If someone were to ask that question, surely playing Green Language would make him see the error of his ways. What was the name we were using for […]

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Jvox :: Strange Universe (Component)

A level-straddling blend; earthy, groovy and easy to dig but with a deep, clever halo of abstract thematics and transcendent yearnings which might be harder to swallow were they not so smoothly anchored. Jvox started out as an MC before switching to the machines and although he doesn’t break out the mic on Strange Universe—his […]

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P.P. Roy :: Watch The Dough Nut Not The Hole (UPITUP)

A diverse album, one that combines vocal samples and strange melodies that echo hip hop’s best producers. After reading that, surely everyone can understand why “delightfully weird” are the words that come to mind after listening to P.P. Roy‘s comeback album after twelve years. Watch The Dough Not The Whole shows an artist willing to […]

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Retape & Guillotine :: Double review (030303)

030303 have been quiet in the last year. The DJ collective has been busy with gigs, festivals and meeting the needs of Acid hungry crowds, but the label has been silent since 030303 Various II. To ensure full bellies the Utrecht bosses have decided to serve up not one platter but two from a pair […]

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Random Value :: Chromatic Aberration (Clean Error)

A kaleidoscopic musical entity that merges into one cohesive and tranquil transmission. Trailing through nostalgic Music Has The Right To Children-era Boards Of Canada terrain, Random Value delivers clipped down-tempo interludes, ambient shapes and treated wind instruments on Chromatic Aberration—probably the cleanest error for the label thus far. Field recordings and blurry snapshots of times […]

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Tay0 :: Back to the Source EP (Self-Released)

Ryan Talor (aka Tay0) returns with a four-track, self-released EP and vanishes through a low-flying percussive fog. Back to the Source by tay0 Synthesized hip-hop on “Who the Bell” flourishes as veering bass and beat trigger drone-like spheres and video game motifs. “Cloudbound” moves about emotive streams as it brushes melodic hues and tranquilized fluttery […]

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DEATH GRIPS :: New album feat. Björk

Death Grips have moved further away from the Hip Hop world and are now sailing uncharted waters of abstract form far from the mainland they cast off from. The new album by Death Grips is out as a free digital download from thirdworlds.net preceding a double album The Powers That Be later in the year on Third […]

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Teebs :: E S T A R A (Brainfeeder)

Naturally big on beats and bass, though refracted, after its founder’s off-kilter bent, driven less by boom-bap imperative than the diffusion of a heady vibe via tone color and harmonic motif. Teebs dropped his debut, Ardour, back in 2010 to some acclaim (‘one of the most beautiful albums of the year, alternating between trembling lullabies and softly thumping […]

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Skytree :: Cirrus Sapiens (Skytree Music)

An intriguing mix of samples, instruments, vocals, intricate glitchy edits, synth washes and glimpses of basses that would not be out of place in a heavy dubstep night in a dingy underground club somewhere. Cirrus Sapiens by Skytree (aka Even Synder) is the result of 2-years work with collaborations from several guest producers, instrumentalists and […]

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Kate Tempest :: Everybody Down (Big Dada)

The story of Everyone Down is like a super-cool modern gangster film of the Guy Ritchie and his contemporaries style, with many different sub-plots revolving around the different characters. Kate Tempest is a big big name at the moment in the UK. There is a good reason for this, namely that she is phenomenally good. […]

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E S T A R A is Born :: Teebs

News of a new album from tone-painting beat-poet, Teebs, due soon on Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder. It was back in the mists of 2010 that LA-based Mtendere Mandowa dropped debut, Ardour, to some acclaim (e.g. ‘one of the most beautiful albums of the year, alternating between trembling lullabies and softly thumping hip-hop daydreams.’ RA’s Andrew Ryce), […]

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Shadow Priest :: Street Theatre (Section 27)

Fractured, spliced and intermixed with funk contours, Street Theatre unfolds its laid-back groove via 17-tracks of emotive bliss, ambient intonations and tethered samples. As a name your price download you really can’t beat the value here. Andy Paterson, who usually operates as the Audiologist and Altered:Carbon, where chiseled electronic blocks flow into bite size chunks, now […]

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Beastie Boys :: Intergalactic (Benji Boko Remix)

A free download of this remix by the remix crazy Benji Boko is available to you, for free, right now. Well, it’s free but via dropify, which demands a Facebook login before you can receive the goodies; acceptable to some, an immediate two fingers up to others. I must admit I’m in the latter camp, […]

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Kode9 :: Rinse: 22 (Rinse)

British beat and bass avantgarde and head of touchstone Hyperdub label, is notably partial to its darker, miry side, and despite opening with an exemplary track by poster-boy Burial, feeds out increasingly rapid-paced stuff on this mix CD, thirty-seven tracks over a breakneck sixty-five minutes, wrapping up with a showcase of recent signing DJ Rashad, […]

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Shigeto :: No Better Time Than Now (Ghostly International)

In these strange times, when technology provides musicians surgical accuracy and shiny polished sound, but simultaneously in many cases sucks the soul, the human touch out of the music, Shigeto finds just the right balance for his creations, and with No Better Time Than Now presents a musical work that is accurate and polished but […]

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