Post Tagged with: "Hip-Hop"

QBLA :: Where The Girls Are Green and the Grass Is Pretty (Architects + Heroes)

QBLA is on a powerful mission to invade hip hop and transform its underground trajectory. Southern California’s William Rosario has quite a few tricks in his audio arsenal. Having produced under the Asymmetrical Head moniker for several years by instilling an astute path of exp-electronic distortions, he’s (recently) unleashed the QBLA project which incorporates a […]

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Mojo Rising :: On The Horizon (Cold Busted)

Via an astute ear for electrons fluttering in downtempo streams, On The Horizon reinvigorates vintage synths, bass guitars, funk and good old-school electronics and ignites these frequencies with a certain style that Mojo Rising is recognized for. Los Angeles-based Mojo Rising (aka Joel Semchuck and DJ Mojo to most) returns to enrich our sonic palettes with a […]

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Cuttooth :: Cuttooth LP (4 Lux)

This self-titled sophomore outing is equal parts downtempo electronics and simmering inner-city echoes. A tangled hip-hop web shimmies into fragrant click-hop on Cuttooth‘s follow-up to Elements (Psychonavigation, 2011)—a softer yet logical progression. The vinyl crackle and vocal treatments are ever more clear—including vox from Hitomi (King Midas / Ninja Tune), Sarah Linhares (Onra / All […]

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V/A :: Sampler Vol. 2 (Architects + Heroes)

If you are looking for a smorgasbord of music to tide you down for about an hour or if you want to pin down a particular musical strain, snap up Sampler Vol. 2 to find out where each unique musician takes their transmission. Eleven leaven tracks spanning a variety of gritty genre bents has Architects […]

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Materia :: Atlas (Slime)

Swedish born UK dwelling producer Materia has a full length album due to drop on May 20th on the Slime label. It’s called Atlas and will be available on vinyl, CD and digitally. It promises on initial peeps to be a mature and thoughtful collection of music, abounding with collaborations. Materia has been known to […]

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Dizraeli And The Small Gods :: Moving In The Dark (ECC)

It’s not pretentious, intimidating or self-congratulatory, as can sometimes be the case, nor is it retro cool groovy funky non progressive lame funk hop, which is a trap fallen into all too often. No, this is great real life groove with a heavy folk bent, executed extremely well. Moving In The Dark has attached itself […]

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MUJUICE :: Elements of unpredictability

Mujuice has managed to replicate his studio electronics whilst incorporating an element of unpredictability and improvisation more often associated with live bands. RUSSIA is perhaps not the first thing that springs to mind when one thinks about electronic music, but this may be about to change. After all, it only takes one particularly original or […]

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SOMATIC RESPONSES :: Fly-By EP digital Giveaway (Acroplane)

Ireland’s Acroplane offers igloomag.com an exclusive giveaway for the latest Fly-By EP by the prolific duo of Somatic Responses featuring a barrage of leftfield, exploratory electronics, broken electro and dance-floor ready techno extrusions. Featuring remixes by Eomac and Anodyne. How to enter the giveaway :: Send an email to info@acroplane.org and an Acroplane-bot will send […]

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Ewan Hoozami :: Fire In Me EP (Self-Released)

A good hip-hop based release from one of the stalwarts of the Bristol scene, delivering exactly what anyone who knows about him would expect, and if you haven’t heard of Ewan Hoozami, get to know. Ewan Hoozami is a great stage name, we can all agree on that. The man behind the moniker is Adam […]

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Marjen :: When a skin is dead, it must be shed (Self-Released)

Lightly doused in discrete downtempo, Marjen takes elements from hip-hop and decomposes them into quaint, minimized textures. [Release page] Lightly doused in discrete downtempo, Marjen takes elements from hip-hop and decomposes them into quaint, minimized textures. Microscopic blurs of instrumentals, beat-centric plateau’s and elusive harmonies appear and disappear within four faint snapshots of time. Barely […]

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Swarm Intelligence :: Surveillance EP (Acroplane)

Get ready for some more blistering heavy duty electro/techno/bass bangers from Ireland’s Acroplane label. [Release page] Swarm Intelligence’s Surveillance EP opens with “Execute”—a brutalist work-out hammering neck cracking beats against jagged synth distortions and speaker destroying bass. “Thrash” follows; a filthy slow tempo stepper of a monster—spewing firing bass squelch across a hinterland of deranged audio manipulations […]

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Cain :: Gathering EP (Crackling Claps)

There is a sense of balance on Gathering, a literal gathering of ideas presented in a flash which is focused on chiseled tribal-electronic hip-hop and fuzzy rhythm bursts. [Release page] Shuffled, battered and dribbled beats are delivered in a relatively short-running extended player by Cain whose background as a professional bagpiper and scratch DJ set […]

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Photek :: KU:PALM (Photek Productions)

Photek is in a tricky position of managing mainstream appeal whilst still clinging on to the underground he flourished so successfully within. Consciousness of this has perhaps splintered KU:PALM into a number of different aural directions and, as such, will appeal to equally as splintered groups of music lovers. [Release page] Fair play to Photek. […]

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Skytree :: Sacred Singularity EP (Fractal Branch)

As descriptions of Sacred Singularity may include references to spheres of light, positive energy, upper level consciousness, radiant rhythmic loops and an amalgamation of clip-hop-ambience, an ethereal glow pours from the edges. [Release page] Evan Snyder (better to known to most as Skytree) continues in his quest and thirst for knowledge of the universe and […]

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Blakbody vs C. Mantle :: In The Mouth Of The Syndrome (Acre)

Taken as a whole, it’ll take a few listens to extrapolate the layers of debris on this extended player as both artists blur the edges of glitch and abstraction. [Release page] Blakbody and C. Mantle offer up remixes of each other in the form of In The Mouth Of The Syndrome—its twisting tentacles of electronics […]

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V/A :: Frag’mnts (Enig’matik)

Taking yet another step forward into a dense patchwork of polished electronics and visual stimuli, Frag’mnts captures the essence of the imprint as it slices through genre confines and allows the expansion of sound to propagate even further into universal bass music. [Release page] Enig’matik may seemingly be all over the low-rumbling frequency spectrum of […]

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Shlohmo :: Bad Vibes (Friends Of Friends)

Bad Vibes is a collection of colourful, tinplate toy butterflies, whose hinges creak and fly wheels wind down erratically. [Release page] A member of the genial-sounding Friends Of Friends posse in Los Angeles, Henry Laufer (aka Shlohmo) is a visual artist and self-taught assembler of odd beats and mushy audio, inspired by lo-fi electronica, rhythm’n’blues and screwed […]

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Beatmakin Troopa :: If You Fall You Fly (Triangle Productions)

Making use of all sorts of found sounds with varying degrees of processing applied to build an intricate sonic backdrop for the cool beats and haunting guitars, reeds, strings and whatever else is thrown in, Beatmakin Troopa has crafted a very Northwest Europe (Scandinavian?) sounding EP, which, given that the producer behind it is Icelandic, […]

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Mad EP and Shadow Huntaz :: Nightmare Scenario EP (Acroplane)

Nightmare Scenario delivers sharp hard hitting vocal attacks coupled with some really low and dirty beats. It’s slow and dark with a fair bit of distortion, in a similar vein to the mighty Dead Fader EP that came out a while ago. [Release page] This collaboration between Shadow Huntaz and Mad EP promised quality from […]

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LUND QUARTET :: Sense of space

ABOUT a year ago I was pointed in the direction of a band that a friend thought I would like. A young jazz outfit here in Bristol called Lund Quartet, who were apparently rather good. Being slightly sceptical, which is a bad habit of mine, I checked them out. I found a track on Youtube […]

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Suck Susan :: No Head In The Helmet (UVG212 / Daddy Tank)

Sliced into fragments of minutes, Suck Susan manages to somehow elaborate on form and function, offering a maze of definitive, decomposed fractures that yield a smattering of processed vocals, samples, found sounds, bass and heavy beat workings. [Release page] Suck Susan is an interesting project, to say the least. Had imprints like Skam, Merck and […]

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Maduro :: Catching Bullets (Octofoil)

No matter how disparate this might sound, everything is held together through the theme of carnival-esque gypsy sounds and samples from turn-of-the-century phonographs. [Release page] I reviewed Maduro’s brilliantly conceived Black Magic Kingdom, which used samples taken from a trip to the French Quarter of New Orleans as its impetus, and I found his sound […]

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Chinese Man :: Remix with the Sun (Chinese Man)

Chinese Man is a French trio at its core that prioritizes dub, ragga and hip-hop, but that’s just the box out of which they burst. With their eclectic cinematic tastes, they manage to create a new kind of showcase—beat making as three-ring circus with go-go dancers, Arab orchestras and old-time preaching. With its full-length debut […]

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BROKEN20 :: 3View

These three releases (10-20’s Magnet Marsh, Isodyne’s Dreams Torn From The Sky and Nanorhythm’s Beyond the Green Wall) show Broken20’s faculties very much intact in their drawing together of fragments across the electronic spectrum from washed out wonk-tronica to headf**k techno. (February—2012) Broken20 is a nearly new label run by Marcia Blaine School for Girls […]

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Kossak :: You Forgot To Kick It (Record Label Records)

Projecting outward from the likes of Gescom and/or Shadowhuntaz (Skam), Kossak’s focus on layering percussion and tumbling bass is refined and delves into broken slabs of funk, mechanical spillways, distorted tweaks as well as uplifting anthems that are discovered in the ashes. Kossak (also known as Lucas Patzek) joins a new breed of musicians unlike […]

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Ana Tijoux :: La Bala (Nacional)

Soulful is a word that you might use to describe it, full of lush string arrangements and easily flowing vocals, including several guest appearances. La Bala is Ana Tijoux’s second full length album. The title, which means ‘the bullet’ gives an indication as to the content. The Chilean MC delivers entirely in Spanish, my grasp […]

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Himuro Yoshiteru :: Jyuryoku EP (Concrete Plastic)

A four track heavy beat banger infused with expressive melodies and moving, yet playful rhythms in Himuro’s signature style. For fan’s of his resent LP, 7th Shapeshifting (Bedroom Research), Jyuryoku delves deeper in the area of drum research. Himuro Yoshiteru releases Jyuryoku for his Concrete Plastic (UK) debut. A four track heavy beat banger infused […]

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Kappah :: Tribal Dances (Bedroom Research)

The album is a sampling wonkfest of jerky beats, odd sounds, meaty synths and solid bass. There are influences from all over the place, Indian style scales and instrumentation sit quite happily alongside African inspired-rhythms and vocal samples. Tribal Dances by Kappah is a wonderfully wonky collection of beats from Italian producer Christian Kappah Pevere. […]

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