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    #INDIANA: John Stamps “Naked Lunch” Release | @IYamJohnStamps


    Hailing from 46201, emcee John Stamps has unleashed his Naked Lunch project today with ten tracks of jams. The project is collective of different styles, as he has some wavy tracks produced by KNags, a Chuck Inglish groove, and a boom-bap track from TXTBOOK. I suggest giving this a listen below, and if you dig it you can download for five bucks from Bandcamp.

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    Star Captains “New Freedoms” Release & “Love Is” Video | @Narai_ @StarCaptains

    Grab your morning coffee and donut, and press play on this smooth and groovy album from the Star Captains. I’ve also added the video their main single from the project. Video by Shea Pollard and Benjamin Schuetze.

    Star Captains consist of seven members and are based in Vancouver, BC. Their music carries the spirit of 70s soul, complimented with modern sound design and instrumental technology. A beat-laced fusion of analog synthesizers and classic guitar tones played through tube-driven amps provides the edgy instrumental tracks behind hypnotic lead vocals.

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    BABA: 5 Year Old Jordan Writes A Hip Hop Song (Video)

    I’m just going to throw this out there: this song by 5 Year Old Jordan is better than a lot of the submissions we get. Regardless of if this is somehow a spoof or not, as there’s definitely some help with the writing (although it looks as if he’s really making these beats), there’s a lesson in this somewhere. I think. I’m classifying this in the Be A Better Artist category because of that. Let this marinate a bit.

    And if you have a problem just deal with it.

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    Moses Sumney “Man On The Moon” Video | @MosesSumney

    Check out some dope stop-motion from Moses Sumney‘s recent “Man On The Moon” track/video. The track is off os his debut Mid-City Island EP, which I’ve attached down below too. This is dope.

    I started making “Mid-City Island” in the fall, after a producer friend lent me an ’80s 4-track recorder and suggested I try recording myself before going into proper studio sessions. It was my first time recording myself, capturing songs immediately to cassette tape as I was writing them. I later decided it would be cool to share these ideas in their infancy so you can trace their development over time.

    This project for me is about learning how to let go and share ideas that are raw, simple, and unfiltered. A lot of the parts are thus one-take and improvised. “Mumblin’,” which I recorded with my loop pedal connected to the tape machine, is completely made up on the spot and was only done once.

    There’s a requisite honesty that comes with bedroom recordings. Thematically, the songs center around living alone in the middle of a big city like Los Angeles, finding the balance between isolation and over stimulation.

    “Mid-City Island” will be available digitally and on cassette!

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    Slot-A “High Tide” Release | @IAMSLOTA


    As many of you know due to some of our previous posts in the last couple days, not only is Slot-A the featured producer for the Drums Bang Producer Beat Box, but he’s also been planning to drop a new beat tape. Well, today is that day, and below you can stream and download Slot’s brand new High Tide beat tape. If you dig it and are a producer, you may be interested in getting the drums that Slot crafted for this project. They’re available over at the Drums Bang website.

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    Drums Bang Interview w/ Slot-A (Video) | @IAMSLOTA @ProducerBeatBox

    When Slot-A was in town for our Writer’s Block showcase last month (June’s is this upcoming Wednesday), Drums Bang sat down with Slot and talked about his past and how he got started, his production and sound, and some about on his new beat tape that we’re sharing tomorrow. Be on the lookout for “High Tide,” and make sure to check out his featured Producer Beat Box over at Drums Bang’s website. A few things you get if you buy the box are listed below.

    Our inaugural DRUMS BANG: Producer Beat Box for June 2014 features Michigan to Chicago producer/DJ SLOT-A, who has produced for the likes of Jamall Bufford aka Buff-1 (The Black Opera/Athletic Mic League), Add-2 (Jamla Records), Scheme (Molemen), Neak, Grumpy Old Men, Gerald Walker, Sincerely Yours, and many others.

    If you purchase DRUMS BANG: Producer Beat Box for June 2014 you will get the contents listed below shipped to your doorstep, and yes, shipping is free in the US. More details on your box is listed below:

    1) Exclusive drum kit from SLOT-A with 40 custom crafted sounds. These aren’t just any kicks, snares, hats, breaks, etc…these are customized and crafted by SLOT-A himself. No copy and pasting from other kits!

    2) Live musician samples in bass form. Basslines Basics played by Clarence Jones (aka Gritts) of Sweet Poison Victim. There are 74 authentic bass samples, loops and one shots included.

    3) Live musician samples in guitar form. The Ted Somerville Guitar experience features Ted Somerville of Sweet Poison Victim. There are 104 guitar samples, loops, one shots and other experimental sounds included.

    3) Maja 7th & Dominique Larue’s “GRAND” EP with exclusive acapellas for five of the tracks.

    4) Slot-A’s brand new exclusive “High Tide” beat tape in digital form.

    5) Writer’s Block beat tape in physical form (CD) for the month of June. Special one-of-a-kind packaging. It features 10 dope producers from around the world, sponsored by BDTB. You can submit to be a part of it next month by hitting this link.

    6) Stickers, stickers.

    7) An item to add to your gear/adapter collection OR a discount coupon for either a music store or gear. It varies each month.

    8) Artwork for SLOT-A’s “High Tide” beat tape. The artwork is also signed. 8×10.

    9) Exclusive music from Chicago’s Sincerely Yours that was produced by SLOT-A.

    10) An informational and possibly comedic video about producing from Chicago’s ILL Brown (producer for Bun B, Freddie Gibbs, Casey Veggies, GLC and more).

    11) A one-of-a-kind button made by Make Me Sandwich. Pin it to something.

    12) Detailed information on all of the artists and vendors involved with the Producer Beat Box for this month.

    13) All of the digital information comes on a customized 4GB flash drive.

    14) Yes, that’s over $100 worth of freshness for only $30!

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    Drums Bang Launches w/ First Writer’s Block Beat Tape Release | @producerbeatbox


    With post number 8,000 here at BDTB, I’m happy to unveil a couple of things with our friends, fans and followers. Today is the launch of my side business, Drums Bang, which is a business that focuses on supplying drums, samples, acapellas, beat tapes, music, and many other really cool things all in an easy package delivered to your door each month. You can read more about that and check it out at the website, drumsbang.com, and I’m thinking all of you producers and beat/music heads out there will enjoy it.

    With that, our monthly Writer’s Block producer showcase has expanded to also putting out monthly collaborative beat tapes from producers all around the world (read more here). Not only can anybody submit, but a pressed-up physical CD will be included each month in the Drums Bang: Producer Beat Box. It’s also released digitally for free. Make sure to check and download that for free below, and if you’re in the Indianapolis area you should check out our Writer’s Block showcase this upcoming Wednesday at Sabbatical.

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    Pope Adrian Bless “Neighborhood Lights” Release | @AdrianBlessRWG


    Today is May 28th, and that happens to be Pope Adrian Bless‘ birthday. Being so, his long-awaited debut album, titled Neighborhood Lights, has been unleashed to us all. The project is 14-tracks deep and features production and rhymes from Harry Otaku, Mandog, Bangers by One, Diop, MakWolfPreach, Sciren and JL. Free listens below and you can cop the project per the name-your-price feature over at Bandcamp. Read some words from him below as well.

    In the wake of honesty, I have no real words. There isn’t many things I could say but being able to create this album has been a joy of mine (as well as a journey). In the process of creating the project, I wanted to experiment more with sounds and structure and what things were going to sound like on new pallets. I can classify this as a “Hip Hop Album”, but I feel as though I’d be lying. I had to learn to accept who I was and what came with that, which translated over into this body of work. My team and I, collectively, pushed the envelope to insure something that we could all sit back and be proud of. We figure we did. We did. Thank you for being open to the idea, also. Lights…on.

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