Archive for 01/01/2015 - 02/01/2015
Last Saturday, Rihanna dropped her latest single. I'm not mad at it, and I love how quickly producers get in on the remix game. Lido already dropped his "Sunday Service" version, and Christian Rich added their own silky smooth vibe to it (although, at this point, both remixes have been scrubbed from Al Gore's Internets). DJ Wonder's turned this acoustic bit into a banging New Orleans bounce-inspired number. I love that he threw some "Fast Car" in there as well. Too dope. Let's just hope it stays around for a bit longer
UK grime don Spooky gets his bootleg on with the second volume of his Sublow Jamz series. He takes the grime bootlegery to the next level on this one. It's all kinds of fire, but this bit "Benjamins?!" Massive. And if you wanted to hear Spooky in the mix for a VERY long time, check out the five-and-a-half-hour recording of Spooky's all-vinyl set from not too long ago.
Sacrilegious? Possibly. Fire? Undeniably. The video of the blend (which you can peep after the jump) is so worth it.
The god Venomous2000 is back with a huge 26-track release featuring a number of my favorite NJ heads, including Rhymageddon, Mr. Fickle, and others. Some real hip-hop shit for the heads wondering where the sound went.
"A Moment to Reflect 3 is a walk through the world of Hip-Hop, where the elements have seemed to be forgotten. Riddled with loads of similes & metaphors, this compilation of international sounds and features provides listeners with a glimpse of the worldwide appeal that Hip Hop has established. The age of lyrics, beats, & cuts is still alive and well. This project was assembled with the intention of showcasing producers & emcees from Serbia, Germany, England, Sweden, Canada, Japan, Norway, Belgium, France, and the United States. "
If you know me, you know I love that gray area between hip-hop and electronic music; it's one of the reasons why Ta-ku is one of my favorite producers. The imprint that got me hooked on him, Jakarta Records, understands this area and is set to drop Winter in Jakarta on February 9, featuring all kinds of intriguing beats from similarly-minded producers. Today they teased three lush cuts for you #blizzardof2015 folks, including material from names like Stwo and Oddisee. You can preview them below, and head back on the 9th for the free download.
I don't know much about Manolo Rose. I hear he rocks with that dude Troy Ave, but this "Run Ricky Run" shit is much better than anything I've heard from Troy Ave. Plus he references some of the best gangsta flicks ever. Dude's flow is interesting—that rapping-fast-as-fuck-seemingly-offbeat-but-still-rhyming thing is dope, but I'm not sure if this is something he could/should be doing in every track. The video dropped today; check the audio-only stream below.
"These dudes is toys like Wham-O..."
And if you want MORE OF, there's a Snakehips cut featured The Internet's Syd the Kid down below.
One of my favorite producers from the next wave of the Ram Records crew is Canada's Rene LaVice. Dude just has a great balance of throwback dnb feels from when I first got into the scene with a tinge of today's sound. His next release is due out March 1.
Last night, Flying Lotus debuted on the BBC Radio 1 Residency. As you'd imagine, he made sure he dropped some gems, which included this alternate edit of his Kendrick Lamar-featured "Never Catch Me."