G. Granite has granted us small access into his new album with the first single, “4AM”. The track is produced by TrakkMaster and will feautred on #RITB3 The Dark Matter Hand. Granite promises that this go around will be more dark and detailed than his previous projects. Can’t wait to cop it on June 1st.Read More »
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The talented Tom Misch has dropped a smooth cut featuring some Eryka Badu vocal chops, titled “High”. Tom just recently dropped Beat Tape 2, and it’s available now on iTunes. He’ll be dropping an extended version of his latest project soon.Read More »
Phat Kat and producer Agor are gearing up for their collaborative Rededication to the Suckers LP, and a remix of “All Madden” featuring fellow Detroit emcees Guilty Simpson and Elzhi has surfaced. You can pre-order the 14-track album now from Fat Beats. You can cop the original single from iTunes.Read More »
NBA 2K16 was released last week with a soundtrack to match, and “Hold Down The City” is a one of the lead tracks on DJ Premier’s game playlist by Papoose. Check out the playlist below for each of the curators, listen to the song, and hit this link to listen from Spotify.
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DJ Premier Playlist
Papoose – “Hold the City Down” (prod. DJ Premier) [Exclusive]
Gang Starr – “Same Team, No Games” f. NYGz, H. Stax
Nas – “Made You Look”
Living Colour – “Cult of Personality”
Jeru The Damaja – “You Can’t Stop The Prophet”
DJ Premier – “Bum Bum Bum (Instrumental)” [Exclusive]
Ramones – “Blitzrieg Bop”
NYGz – “Policy”
DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles – “More Levels”
PRhyme – “U Looz”
DJ Khaled Playlist
DJ Khaled – “365” f. Ace Hood, Vado, Kent Jones [Exclusive]
DJ Khaled – “We Takin’ Over” f. Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Baby, Lil Wayne
Ace Hood – “Hustle Hard”
Rick Ross – “The Boss” f. T-Pain
Jay Z – “Where I’m From”
DJ Khaled – “Black Rims (Instrumental)” [Exclusive]
Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”
Ace Hood – “Bugatti” f. Future & Rick Ross
Nas – “Represent”
DJ Khaled – “All I Do Is Win” f. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross
DJ Mustard Playlist
DJ Mustard – “You Don’t Want It” f. RJ[Exclusive]
J Cole – “Rise and Shine”
Fergie – “L.A. Love (la la)”
Imagine Dragons – “I’m So Sorry”
M.I.A. – “Y.A.L.A.”
DJ Mustard – “Ball at Night” [Exclusive]
MGK – “Till I Die” (Cavs Version)
Drake – “0 To 100”
Iamsu! – “I Love My Squad”
Santigold – “Disparate Youth”
2K Classics Mixtape
Gnarls Barkley – “Going On”
Friendly Fires – “Skeleton Boy”
LCD Soundsystem – “Time to Get Away”
Santigold – “Shove It”
OneRepublic – “Everyone Loves Me”
RJD2 – “Clean Living”
ZION I – “Ride”
The Flaming Lips – “The W.A.N.D.”
Hogni – “Bow Down (To No Man)”
The Chicharones – “Little By Little”
Around The World
Rael – “Vejo Depois”
Calvin Harris – “Blame” f. John Newman
Zedd – “I Want You To Know” f. Selena Gomez
Emicida & FeFe – “Bonjour”
Ana Tijoux – “Vengo”
Major Lazer – “Lean On” f. MO & DJ Snake
Club Dogo – “Fragili” f. Arisa
AM444 – “Lies” (Jay. Soul Truth Remix)
Bag Raiders – “Shooting Stars”
Dynamic Duo & DJ Premier – “Aeao”
KYLE has released his Smyle project today, and with that you can listen to the “Remember Me” song that features Chance The Rapper. Get all of his various merchandise for his project over at his website, here, and you can purchase Smyle from iTunes. He’ll also be on the road in the coming months, so hit KYLE’s site for that info too.Read More »
Hinx Jones has returned with “Nothing”, the third single from their upcoming Soul Hop album. Lonegevity and Gritts will be dropping their first album in three years this Friday, October 2nd. Be on the lookout for a few videos from the duo coming in the near future. Cop the single and pre-order the album from Bandcamp. The song was produced by Lonegevity.
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The song discusses being happy while focusing on who we are at our core, and realizing what it really means to have great things in life.
A couple weeks ago, Slot-A dropped a dance-fused track in “Luther’s Last Dance” – a maxi-single with a remix. In addition to the beat groove, you can also bump Slot’s remix to D.R.A.M.’s “Cha Cha” song. Go and name-your-price over at his Bandcamp and put some money in the man’s hands.Read More »
Mo Kolours is gearing up to drop his new Texture Like Sun project, and just dropped a single in “Orphan’s Lament” for us to bump as his first single. The UK producer has a handful of merchandising options for you to choose from for his new album, and you can check all of those out and pre-order from Bandcamp. Listen to the instrumental goodness below.
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‘Texture Like Sun’ is the follow up to the much-loved self-titled debut by Anglo-Mauritian producer, singer and percussionist Joseph Deenmamode aka Mo Kolours. The Guardian described ‘Mo Kolours’ as “the best album Curtis Mayfield never made with A Tribe Called Quest and Lee Perry”.
“This record is about cycles. From the tiny cycles of loops within songs to the broader cycle of the whole album, which is designed to take you away and bring you home again at the end. Loops within loops. Loops overlapping in different ways and shifting as they go can take you very far away. You hear it in lots of African music, in jazz and hip hop”.
Mo Kolours explores this theme through both music and lyrics. ‘Pass It Round’ is about giving and receiving, and the importance of depending on others. ‘Orphan’s Lament’ is named after a Mongolian folk song, and Mo Kolours’ own words urge the listener to “fall to get up again” among a set of inescapably linked opposites. The message may be optimistic or otherwise, depending on the listener’s point of view. The theme also appears in his choice of cover versions as he reinterprets songs absorbed in his youth: ‘Harvest For The World’ by the Isley Brothers and The Stranglers’ ‘Golden Brown’, from which the album title is derived.
“The Stranglers are one of my earliest memories of music. I had an auntie who was a huge fan and my parents had all their records. ‘Golden Brown’ always gave me such a beautiful feeling, way before I knew what it was supposed to be about”.
Raised on the traditional sega music of his father’s Indian Ocean homeland alongside records by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson, Mo Kolours adds hip hop, dub, soul and other electronic styles to his individual sound. His approach could find him placed alongside Madlib or The Gaslamp Killer but he would be equally happy in the company of James Blake, Erykah Badu, Theo Parrish or Moodymann.
“I’ve always admired producers who push your ear, who draw you into unexpected elements of a song. I like it when people use a minimal number of elements and find ways of making you re-engage with each of them. It can be subtle, just a drum or the repetition of a word. I was thinking about that in the arrangement of the whole album”.
His energetic, improvised live show sees tracks layered up from loops of voice, percussion and drum machine before skewing in new directions. It’s a thrilling approach which has taken him to clubs and festival stages from Brighton to Brisbane, as well as to the BBC’s hallowed Maida Vale studios at the invitation of Gilles Peterson. Mo Kolours will be touring widely in support of ‘Texture Like Sun’.
This album has been supported by the Momentum Music Fund. Momentum is managed by PRS for Music Foundation, supported using public funding from Arts Council England and in association with Spotify.
For his latest single “Breathe”, Jimmy Vegas teams up with Solomon Childs over some vintage Wu-Tang style production. The song was produced by Elevating Music, and features the two emcees doing some hard body rhymes over the boom-bap production. Listen below and cop for half a buck at Bandcamp.Read More »