Coming out of DC is up and coming producer Lindsay Lowend with his latest EP “Wind Fish”. Beware this is not just another Trap Ep there’s just way to much going on here to confine this to one style. It’s a perfect storm of Dream Pop, Vintage Synth, Glitch beats and some really mental R&B and Samples. His talent is creating unique Lo-Fi anthems that morph and camouflage beats and melodies into uncontrollable head bobbing eargasims. Just a good time from start to finish.
Released a few days ago you can stream the EP on his Soundcloud or just go pick it up at iTunes. Here’s a couple of favorites to give you a taste and if that’s not enough go check out the mix he did for Thump.vice.com
“Initiation” is yet another example of Angel Haze’s power to pack tracks with seemingly spontaneous and emotionally driven lyrics. Tapping into her usual darker vein, drums thump out slow broken beats as her alt R&B hooks sooth with a soulful quality. Lyrics come out with a rhythm and purpose, drawing you in with her raw ability to engage and make it personal. When somebody bares their soul, it’s only human nature to listen.
“And you take me to that place were I can reveal what’s on my mind
And we both draw our lines
heaven knows that will cross them
but all them red pills on them blue days
We better on then we off’em
I take you to my place and fuck you with my mind
So you got no perception to space
and no perception to time.”
These past two releases “No Bueno” and “Initiation” have proven to be great vehicles for showcasing her versatility. I’d say good it’s going to be a good year for Haze.
Supposedly she leaked “Initiation” as a cutting room floor clip and not officially as a single. If this is what she throws on the floor, I can’t even imagine what the whole album is going to sound like.
Look for her debut album Dirty Gold out sometime this year.
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With a commitment to well crafted dance music PANTyRAID bends the boundaries of electro to their own will and produces sultry alternatives to the high energy dubstep and over the top electronica. The real ingenuity with PANTyRAID really lies in the details of the tracks. Fluctuating beats, titillating bass and scorching synth makes this duo a stand out group and major players in the future of Glitch/Trap.
Their new album “Pillow Talk” can be previewed bellow and is oozing with memorable moments. This is well worth picking up and make sure and check their tour dates for raids near you. If you live here in Portland you can find them at What the Festival link bellow
Grab your copy now at http://pillowtalk.pantyraidmusic.com and pick up free downloads, mixes, and music videos that celebrate the release.
Released by: Glass Air Records
Toronto‘s Free n Losh made a brilliant choice reworking “Smoke Rings” from the Mills Brothers. “Where Do They Go” really represents the perfect balance of old world style and new world beats. They join the slow crooning of The Mills Brothers with a smooth steady down beat rhythm filled with early Jazz riffs of the 30′s, really solid.
Madlibs diabolical alter ego Quasimoto is back with “Planned Attack” off his new album “Yessir Whatever” out June 18 (out digitally now). This album was made over a 12 year period and it brings together 12 tracks previously only released on now rare and out of print vinyl. For the dedicated audiophiles you might have already heard some of these. For those of you who are not avid vinyl junkies. It’s a chance to hear some rare cuts of Hip-Hop from the real deal.
Madlib is one of the most prolific and critically acclaimed Hip Hop producers of the 2000′s. He’s collaborated with a myriad of artists, including MF DOOM (as Madvillain), and the late J Dilla (as Jaylib). Madlib has described himself as a “DJ first, producer second, and MC last.
Quasimoto came about when Madlib decided to rap to his own beats. He didn’t like the sound of his voice so he decided to slow his recorder down, rap slow, then speed the recording back up to produce Quasimoto’s distinctive high pitched voice.
Peanut Butter Wolf DJ, Producer and founder of Stones Throw Records encouraged him to do more. Quasimoto made his first appearance in 1998 on Peanut Butter Wolf’s “My Vinyl Weighs A Ton” and Madlib put out Quasimoto’s debut album “The Unseen” in 2000. This album received so much attention from underground Hip-Hop heads and and mainstream media that it ended up making it onto Spin Magazine’s top albums of the year list.
Jamal Dewar, better known as Capital Steez, is one of the founding members of the Brooklyn Hip Hop crew Pro Era. His latest video 135 released just a few days ago sadly represents the last piece from Capital Steez. On Christmas Eve 2012 19-year-old Jamal chose to end his life and we lost a talented artist, a mother lost a son and a crew lost a brother. His last message was left on Twitter and simply stated “The End.” I can’t speak on the personal reasons he had for ending his life at such a young age; what impossible problems were troubling him that he thought the only way out was by physically ending his life. I didn’t know him, but through his music I felt like I did. He built every verse with a clear voice and thoughtfulness of a true poet and executed it with the spirit and heart of a champion. So we mourn the loss of a real artist who helped start a revolution and began a Progressive Era in Hip Hop. Please download his free album AmeriKKKAN Korruption and help keep his music alive. He left us with a small but powerful body of music and we’re lucky to have it.
I remember something my grandfather used to say “I wonder how many people I have changed and influenced in my life.” I wish I could have told Jamal how many thousands of people he changed and influenced in his. I hope he knows it now.
RIP Capital Steez. We will never forget you.
FemC Azealia Banks dropped “BBD” a Trap single Produced by Apple Juice Kid and Sup Doodle. It hasn’t been confirmed if this track is actually on her début album “Broke With Expensive Taste” which is due to come out in February on Interscope. I think it’s safe to say Azealia Banks is riding pretty high she’s getting tons of praises from magazines and bunch of successful mix tapes so it’s no surprise that “Broke With Expensive Taste” is at the top of many lists on the Internet of albums to look out for in 2013. Making that jump from underground to mainstream can be a difficult transition. On a recent comment she made about the rap game she gave us some understanding to where she wants to go as an artist and how she plans on making that leap. “I’d eventually like to stop rapping, that’s just the honest truth,” Banks said. “One day I don’t wanna rap anymore, just because I think it’s easy, but I think it’s kinda tacky. I think it’s very unladylike. I like it but I think I’m gonna get tired of it.” I don’t know about tacky and unladylike but there’s some underlying truth here that eventually mainstream audiences get tired and end up wanting more from an artist that’s just the way it is. If you want to make it in the big picture of the music world as a female MC you better be multi talented. So at least Banks has the foresight to understand that and the honesty to admit it, now all she has to do is make it happen. The World is still waiting for that Female anomalie in the rap game and I look forward to the Lady who can break that boundary and make it happen, but you better bring some serious production and lyrical skills. Hell nobody thought white people could rap until Eminem came and proved them wrong so it’s not impossible. Banks has allot of talent, a great sense of style musically and fashion wise and 2012 was really good to her. Now in 2013 I think she wants to prove that she’s no one-trick pony. So go check out “BBD” (Bad Bitches Do it) and make sure and keep up with her on the Inter-Web by following the links below.
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New York City presents Dyme A Duzin premiering his New video “Swank Sinatra” with Pro Era guest MC’s Joey Bada$$, Capital Steez, & CJ Fly . These kids are taking Hip Hop to the next level by incorporating that Boom Boom Bap that Hip Hop has been missing so much.
The Lion has returned. Today, Snoop Lion released his second single off his upcoming reggae inspired album Reincarnated. The song “Here Comes The King”, featuring Angela Hunte and produced my non other than Major Lazer. It has a traditional reggae sound while still pushing genre limits by integrating some of Snoop’s hip-hop influences.
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Clicks & Whistles put’s one in the chamber and fires out an Ep that defies a genre they’ve helped to define. A driving force in Trap music Clicks & Whistles with its “2 Much Higher EP” challenges the things as they are by breaking down the dynamics of Trap and exploring and expanding on it. It’s this kind of process that creates longevity and staying power. In some cases with some artist it doesn’t always work fortunately for us Clicks & Whistles nails it here. The principle of pushing things forward whether it works or not is something to respect and promote. To often Producers and DJ’s get way to comfortable and stop taking chances. They just want to ride it out as long as they can. The “2 Much Higher EP“ is Clicks & Whistles in top form, a lot of great moments chalked full of euphoric bass heavy bliss, I highly recommend it. Pick it up and support these guys.
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Brooklyn Based underground artist Angel Haze has taken Eminem’s track “Cleaning Out My Closet” and thrown down some frank and straight forward lyrics of her own sexual abuse. Deeply introspective and powerful she commands your attention as she releases her inner demons sharing her personal experience of being raped and sodomized at the age of 7. She lays it all out, holding nothing back, taking you with her as she re-lives those painful moments. Gritty raw and bold, this is self-expression at its highest level and the kind of honesty in music that keeps the world in balance from all the superficial crap. Her new EP Classick is out tomorrow 10.25.12 pick it up.
“The makings of a legend are often hidden in trails,” “So just be strong and just move on and just accept what you can, because it makes your story better when you read it [at the] end.”
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New from The Black Keys & RZA – The Baddest Man Alive from the motion picture soundtrack The Man With the Iron Fists
New music coming from the motion picture “The Man With the Iron Fists“. There’s a lot of talent surrounding this movie not only music wise but cinematically as well. RZA writes directs and stars, Tarantino produces, Lucy Liu, Russel Crow and Pam Grier stars. The soundtrack is just as impressive and reads as who’s who in the Hip Hop and R&B world. You can check out a full track listing bellow.
“The Baddest Man Alive” isn’t the Black Keys first venture into the realm of Hip Hop. If you caught their collaboration album Blacroc then you know just how comfortable they are with that Boom Boom Bap and when you throw The RZA in the ring with them, well shit just got real! You can buy the sound track on Amazon and the movie comes out Nov’2. All links for proper internet stalking are below.
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The Black Keys & RZA – The Baddest Man Alive
|1. The Black Keys / RZA : The Baddest Man Alive|
|2. Ghostface Killah / M.O.P / Pharoahe Monch : Black Out|
|3. Kanye West : White Dress|
|4. The Revelations ft. Tre Williams : I Forgot To Be Your Lover|
|5. Talib Kweli / RES : Get You Way (Sex As A Weapon)|
|6. The Wu-Tang Clan / G.Rap : Rivers of Blood|
|7. Method Man / Freddie Gibbs / StreetLife : Built For This|
|8. Killa Sin : The Archer|
|9. RZA / Flatbush Zombies : Just Blowin’ In The Wind|
|10. Corrine Bailey Rae : Chains|
|11. Pusha T / Raekwon / Joell Ortiz / Danny Brown : Tick Tock|
|12. Frances Yip : Green Is The Mountain|
|13. The Wu-Tang Clan : Six Directions Of Boxing|
|14. Mabel John : Your Good Thing Is About To End|
|15. Wiz Khalifa / Ghostface Killah / Boy Jones : I Go Hard|
I just can’t give enough love for this dude, seriously Last Japan killing it and bringing those next level skills with this guest mix he did for B.Traits new show on BBC’s Radio1. Recommended for anyone that digs R&B, UK Garage, Bass, Grime or Hip-Hop. Pick it up free via Last Japan’s Soundcloud.
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Steely Chan’s “Rawkus Lee” is monstrous free Mash-Up album that pays tribute to Rawkus Records most gifted lyricists and all around funky dude Shawn Lee. All I had to do was look at the track listings to know that this something worth checking out; Black Star, J5, Reflection Eternal, Common, Mos Def and that’s just naming a few. When you mash that up with some well placed instrumentals from Shawn Lee you’ll be up grooving until it’s time for pancakes. It’s a marriage of late 90′s Underground Hip-Hop with a modern interpretation of rare groove and Blaxploitation soundtrack music from the 60′s and 70′s. Download it right here via Soundcloud and make sure to visit their site for more free music.
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1. Black Star & Shawn Lee - Spooky Funky Definition
2. Jurassic 5 & Shawn Lee - World Of Lagos
3. Pharoahe Monch & Shawn Lee - Simon Says Windy Stallion
4. Common, Sadat X & Shawn Lee - Bongo 99
5. Reflection Eternal & Shawn Lee - Cairo Beast Mission
6. Big L & Shawn Lee - Flamboyant Organ Grinder
7. Reflection Eternal & Shawn Lee - Move Some Full Moon
8. Mos Def & Shawn Lee - Song For Faded Universe
9. Eminem & Shawn Lee - Axel Jagger Man
I know there’s a lot of “Get free” remixes out there. Good tunes are always followed by a whole influx of re-imagined versions, some are good some are bad and that’s the way it goes. “Get Free” was no exception because it’s easily one of the best songs of the year.
To be perfectly honest I really thought this song had run it’s course as far as remixes go, but when I heard J Cole’s smooth lyrical finesse rubbed over that nasty beat and hook I knew it was golden and I couldn’t ignore it. This is a big tune and I would love to see these three ummm errr I mean two collaborate on something else in the future.
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“New York” is the stand out track from Angel Haze’s latest album “Reservation”. The raw fierceness and street level mentality that exudes from this track is the perfect example of great Hip Hop that’s been coming out of New York these days. Angel Haze, Joey BadA$$, Captial Steez and The Progressive ERA are just a few of the new generation throwing it down in the Big Apple, bringing real purpose to their music and showing talent. I hope they can keep bringing this kind of quality because this is exactly what Hip Hop needs now.
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Were always glad to hear from Max Tannone because it always means new music. His latest mashup album Mic Check 1234 blends some killer Hip-Hop tracks with some classic punk anthems creating an energetic sound that will keep you bouncing. It’s a free download like all of his projects. Make sure and check out his site Maxtannone.com for his other mash-ups.
My week has got progressively crazier and crazier and here are the tunes I have turned to for some much-needed decompression and relief.
Last Japan one of the best producers in the UK featuring Trim a true original grime MC at his finest.
Mach 5 out of Atlanta with and homage to good times.
A little something from a forthcoming release from Last Japan.
Snippet of a tune from our favorite Bassed up Hooligan out of London, Last Japan. Everything this guy touches is golden. Out next month on Bullet Train Records. Make sure and follow him on your favorite social network of choice.
Last Japan – East Feat Trim out on Bullet Trains Records
Capital Steez and his partner in Rhyme Joey Bada$$ are getting ready to claim 2012. Their Brooklyn crew Progressive Era is blowing up and breathing new life into Hip-Hop with a raw sound that projects sincerity and honesty two quality’s that is hard to come by in the rap game. Capital Steeze was a standout performance in Joey Bada$$’s “Survival Tactics” and his new video Vibe Ratings is the first visual off his free LP “American Koruption” (download free here). “Vibe Ratings” showcases Steez’s playful charismatic lyrical word play against some big burly beats that are guaranteed to get that heading nodding. This is top shelf and worth a spin or two.
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I pulled out my favorite cassette tape of Massive Attack today. It’s a work of art in itself, ”Blue Lines” is carelessly scribbled in large sharpie across the top of it. There are some random pen marks, paint splatter and a few chipped corners from just straight neglect, I really doubt it even plays. Still I can’t bring myself to just throw it out. That one tape changed my whole view on music. It opened me up to and underground culture of turntablism, vinyl records, warehouse parties and dance music. When kids in Portland were playing House and Techno the Gemini Lounge was on the tip pumping out the Bristol sounds of trip-hop and Drum N Bass. Since then there have been hundreds of incarnations in electro but the members of Massive still remain the epitome of cool. Their Latest “Summertime – 3D vs Scarlett Johansson” is off the soundtrack from Everardo Valerio Gout’s Spanish-language thriller Days Of Grace. It’s got that Massive signature sound, haunting vocals and a tasty build up. It’s a testimony to just how relevant these guys still are. So pay homage to these pioneers and be thankful there still making music.
Joey Bada$$ from Brooklyn NY is making some noise on the inter-web and having some problems keeping up with all of his new fans, because as he states “I have homework to do.” This 17-year-old Junior in High school seems to have his priorities straight and is throwing down some beats and lyrics that gives us hope for the future of Hip Hop. Check out is latest “Survival Tactics” and “Waves” a freebie download. All links for proper social network stalking are given below.
“I want to bring the golden-age back. I want to bring back real music, you know? Meaningful songs, stuff like that. I don’t want to do ‘hip-pop,’ I don’t support hip-pop, I want to do Hip Hop. That’s like basically my goal is bringing back the Golden Age. It’s not to say I’m against things that are coming out today, I’m not against anything but I’m all for the golden age of Hip Hop. What I call Hip Hop is like, it has to be special. None of that Pop shit. [Laughs] I can’t really like describe it.”
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You’re one seriously bad ass dude if you mess with the Wu Tang clan and Max Tannone takes them on like only a real Kung Fu master can. Now you probably know Max Tannone best from his most well-known project Jaydiohead a Jay Z, Radiohead mash up album that showed yet again that remixing is an artistry. We know that anybody can pick up a laptop and with the right software and technical know how start remixing songs, but it takes skill, talent and musicianship to do it at this kind of level. He’s taken the Ghostface Killah from the The Wu Tang and remixed him using vintage African funk, high-life and psychedelic music. Now I tried to choose one track to highlight in this article but i couldn’t choose just one, there all good. In fact it kept me circling my block a few times this evening just because I didn’t want to get out of the car, that’s the real test. You can head over to his website to download full albums from all his projects, free of course.