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  • Potatohead People – Big Luxury (Instrumental Release) | @NateAstroBeats @bastardjazz

    Back in December, the Potatohead People released a two-track EP featuring songs from this full-length, titled Big Luxury, and earlier this month they unleashed the project. The project is full of great vibes, and there are features from Illa J, Moka Only, Sorceress, Mosaic, and Amalia. There are a slew of different options to purchase this project, including CD, digital, vinyl LP, 7″, and deluxe LP. Check all of that out at Bandcamp.

    Working on opposite sides of the landmass we call Canada, Vancouver/Montreal duo Potatohead People (producers Nick Wisdom & AstroLogical) have been making waves for quite some time with their signature jazzy boom-bap meets boogie inside the bassbin vibes. Called a “formidable tandem” by OkayPlayer, their sounds have been championed early on by the likes of Kaytranada, Soulection, Nightmares on Wax, Pomo, Exmag, Big Boi, and Phife Dawg. After a few early releases on Vancouver based netlabel Jellyfish Recordings, Brooklyn’s Bastard Jazz reissued their 2012 landmark Kosmichemusik EP and pressed a 7″ released on Valentine’s Day 2013. The association landed their song “Back To My Sh*t” (featuring Frank Nitty of Frank’n’Dank) on a Powerade produced LeBron James documentary and Nick and Astro began working on a debut LP for Bastard Jazz, presented here.

    Big Luxury draws from influences disparate as classic jazz, prog rock, disco 90’s hop, DJ Shadow-Era downtempo beats, alongside modern influences like the Brainfeeder crew and new electronic sounds coming out of Nick Wisdom’s adopted hometown of Montreal. What’s resulted is a finely honed, extra buttery album that effortly glides between tempos, but never loses the mood. The album also features a whole host of guest vocalists – J Dilla’s younger brother Illa J, legendary Canadian MC Moka Only, New Zealand’s Sorceress, and Amalia all provide contributions to the sounds within. Big Luxury is a velvety ride through vibes and a magnificent debut for these talented young Canadians.

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  • Potatohead People “Explosives / Blue Charms” Release | @bastardjazz @IllaJ @MOKA_ONLY

    The Potatohead People have joined with Illa J and Moka Only for a track on “Explosives,” which is one of the three tracks on this release. Bump all of the goodness below, which includes one dope smooth rap track and two instrumentals. Also, again, check Illa J next weekend here at The Vogue for the Infamous Slums tour.

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  • Dandy Teru “Adventures” Release

    French producer Dandy Teru released his ten-track Adventures yesterday, which includes tracks from the likes of Moka Only, Sami K, Ty, Rita J, Count Bass D, and Sarah Gessler. Well, I guess there are seven songs and three remixes, as Tall Black Guy and a couple others chip in to the project as well. Either way, give this project a bump, and check out his video for Waters above. You can cop in multiple different formats over at Bandcamp.

    Dandy Teru Adventure

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  • Chin Injeti “Peoples Mixtape” Release | @Chin8

    Here’s a dope release from producer Chin Injeti that you need to grab. Stream below, and grab this from Bandcamp. Srsly, get this.

    Grammy winning Producer, Chin Injeti’s “Peoples Mixtape”, is an ode to those people who inspire him and are inspired by him, as well as a showcase of Chin’s versatility as a producer and love for a wide range of music. With features from David Banner, Jay Electronica, Talib Kweli, The New Royales, Bishop Lamont, Jasiri X, Moka Only, Shad, Maestro, Skratch Bastid, Kyprios, Chace Infinite, Krondon, Zaki Ibrahim, as well as two young rising artists from The Hastings Set; Sophia Danai and Omar Khan, it has a diversity that is not often seen in most music projects.

    01. Peoples 1 – Bishop Lamont, Shad & Skratch Bastid
    02. Peoples 2 – David Banner
    03. Warrior – Jasiri X (Co-produced by Rel!g!on)
    04. Gunna Be Fine – Sonreal
    05. Poser – The New Royales ft. Jay Electronica (Co-produced by DJ Khalil)
    06. ? (What Am I Gonna Do Now) – Omar Khan
    07. Higher Baby – Sophia Danai
    08. Everything’s Significant – Zaki Ibrahim
    09. Walking Around My Dreams – The New Royales ft. Talib Kweli (Co-prod. DJ Khalil)
    10. Who I Am (Buggin’ Out Remix) – Chin w/ Moka-Only, Kyprios, Maestro, Chace Infinite & Krondon
    11. Contagious- Chin w/ Skratch Bastid

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  • Moka Only “I’m Swanky” Video | @MOKA_ONLY

    Directed by Panayioti Yannitsos and Ashley Mendoza. Download the song below.

    1. A person or object that is posh, high-class, glamorous, classy, up-market, etc.
    2. A person or object that is cool, awesome, hip, maybe even obsessed by the person using the word, to describe that person or object

    EX: The man at the hotel reception desk told us that the restaurant that we will be dining at this evening is very swanky, and suggested that we dressed formally.


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  • Do The Dilla 2012: A Tribute to the Drum-Master (Release)

    Released yesterday, this is a tribute full of beats and remixes by a couple handfuls of talented producers. Really dope.

    A love project in memory of James Dewitt Yancey, better known under the name Jaydee or J-Dilla. An idea of Do The Right Print, Food for ya Soul & Feelin’ Music, bringing different beatmakers from around the world to perpetuate J-Dilla’s art, in order to give to the audience a new vision of his creations…


    James Dewitt Yancey, better known under the name Jaydee or J-Dilla left us on february 10th 2006 at the age of 33. This american producer and composer has worked with a lot of artists such as Busta Rhymes, Common, Slum Village, A Tribe called Quest or Madlib. Through his creation, he in- fluenced many artists and musicians across the world which is not limited to the hip hop scene. Recognize by his peers for the imprint he has left in the musical landscape, this avant-garde is today considered like being simply a genius, a virtuoso, a precursor.

    For the 6th year anniversary of his death, the Food for ya Soul collective (soundcloud.com/foodforyasoul), the silkscreen print Do the Right Print studio (dotherightprint.ch) & the label Feelin Music (feelinmusic.ch) came together around a common project in memory of J-Dilla. The Do The Dilla concept is born.
    The idea is to bring together different artists to work and perpetuate J-Dilla’s art in order to give the audience a new visions of Dilla’s creations. A selection of beatmakers from across the world, as well as FFYS, DTRP & Feelin Music members worked for free to create a record containing Jaydee’s classics remixed.
    The album is in line (and will be given away to the audience) with a live event called «Do The Dilla» which will take place on february 11th 2012 at Le Romandie in Lausanne with guests like Brussels own DJ Lefto from the famous jazz label Blue Note, Fatoosan from the Supafly collective along with Chief, founder of Feelin’ Music and of course the Helvetico- Belgian group Food for ya Soul in full force with Ngoc Lan, DJ Chikano, Mr Comb & Boo. Like last year, the event will be hosted by Parisian Gyver Hypman.

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  • Moka Only x Chief “Crickets” | @MOKA_ONLY

    Moka Only and the Swiss producer Chief have teamed up to do a project entitled Crickets. The song below is a free download of the title song, Crickets, and if you head over to bandcamp you can hear an additional preview. The entire project will be out 11/8/11 on Feelin’ Music, and is now available as pre-order at bandcamp.

    Canadian rapper/producer Moka Only teams up with Swiss beatmaker Chief for the finest indie hip-hop album you might hear this year, “Crickets”. The album showcases the talent of two very gifted artists, pushing the boundaries of hip-hop while preserving its backbone. The album showcases Moka Only’s unique raps fused with Chief’s sound signature of merging straight hip-hop elements with forward-thinking production.

    Moka Only and Chief first collaborated in 2008 on the tracks “Do Work” and “Felt before”, and soon after Moka Only released his album “Lowdown Suite 2 – The Box” on Chief’s label Feelin’ music.
    A good connection and the fact that each artist seemed to get the best out of the other convinced Moka Only and Chief to deepen the collaboration and have this natural flow of united work result in a full-length album, so in 2010 they started getting busy with this.
    The result is “Crickets”, a smashing collision between two creative minds with strong backgrounds in hip-hop which coupled with borderless imagination bring you more than “just another hip-hop album”.

    The album confirms the genuinely productive union of Moka Only and Chief’s abilities, it is the finely crafted and accomplished result of two artists naturally complementing each other’s ideas.

    From moody ambiences, bewitching loops and hybrid beats to sophisticated soulful beats or mesmerizing urban soundscapes, “Crickets” exhibits a rich pallet of atmospheres and attitudes with a smart and creative approach.

    Blending deft production with unique raps, “Crickets” truly is a refreshing hip-hop exploit from two driving forces in the hip-hop scene.


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  • Mr. Brady “Labor of Love” Release | @mrbrady1

    Mr. Brady of Deep Rooted just dropped his project Labor of Love featuring the likes of Guilty Simpson, Blu, Diamond D, Exile, Aloe Blacc, Johaz, Moka Only, LMNO, Shawn Jackson, Tajai of Souls Of Mischief, and more. If you’re not familiar with Mr. Brady, you probably should be. He’s got a particular west coast bounce as he states “I keep it raw, soulful and give all of me with every track.” Grab his new project on iTunes, read an interview he did with Platform8470, and preview a track off of the project below!

    Interview via Platform8470

    1. ‘You don’t need a big studio to do it’, you say in the intro – pointing out it’s only the love for the art that counts. Does this album serve as a statement for this? Please explain the concept behind the title?

    Well this is the labor that I love. I love what I do. If you don’t love what you do, it will show. I try to put my all into what I do. You just gotta freak what you got. It don’t really matter what you use, whatever works for you. I’m saying though, you gotta make it sound as good as possible though. I did all these tracks in my room, dropped em into Pro Tools and sent the beats out by e-mail. I don’t like to clean up my beats to much though. Sometimes that will take the feel away from it.

    2. You produced the whole album, without picking up the mic? How was it leaving the mic?

    I make beats everyday, it wasn’t hard. I did a chorus on the Tajai track and that’s pretty much it. But besides that, I just stayed on the boards. I can make beats all day when I’m in the zone.

    3. The line-up of features is really tremendous. Which guest was the hardest to get or to match schedules with?

    Well, it all came along pretty well. Most of the peeps on the album I knew already like Blu, LMNO, Opio, Moka Only, Tajai and Aloe Blacc. I met Guilty Simpson in San Diego where I’m from. I used to help throw a monthly out here and bring artists out here and I just built with him, gave him a beat and blessed it. Diamond D hit me up on Myspace about a sample on a beat I had up. He said he likes my beats and to send him something. That’s how that happened. He actually came out to Diego to DJ and came by the pad. He went through my records, letting me know some jewels he used on some joints he did. That was dope! That’s a legend right there.

    4. Diamond’s indeed a remarkable feature; tell us more about that bonus track?

    That track was first gonna be on his newest album but he let me use it for my compilation. He actually did the bass on that track too. I just sent him a few tracks and he picked that one. He asked could he do the bass over. Of course man, that’s the OG. He also killed the track he did with Blu on my album. That’s a classic combo.

    5. Have you been able to jump in the studio with some of them or did you mainly use file sharing?

    I recorded Opio at my spot. He had a show in San Diego, I picked him up, he dropped his verse and I got him back in time for his show. Sha Dula recorded at my spot too. Everybody else I just e-mailed them the beat. It worked out alright just e-mailing beats out. I guess it gave them the privacy to get creative on their own.

    6. The single with Guilty Simpson: wow! We must say he really fits your trademark beat on there. Was that like a natural match you had in mind even before it was recorded?

    Thanks man. Yeah, right after I made the beat, I might’ve played a Guilty a capella over it and it would still sound crazy. The beat is raw and he always comes with that rawness so it was a perfect fit to me. Only other person I wanted on that track with him was Johaz for that one. I knew they would sound good together.

    7. If we are correct you launched a competition for illustrators to draw this album cover? Tell us more about it and who got the final pick?

    Yeah, everything for this album was real grass root. I had the album done but I didn’t have any art work so I just put it out there on Twitter, whoever can draw the dopest cartoon of me, I’ll use it for my album. I got a few of ‘em and my peeps Mo and Hex from El Paso and AZ laced the dopest one. Or the one that fits the best. They also did the promo video. Talented cats, man.

    8. Just like the last Deep Rooted album, this one is going to be released on Tajai’s Clear Label Records. Tell us more about it and how the connection was made?

    Well, I’ve known Tajai (Souls Of Mischief, ed.) for a while now. I moved to the Bay for a while in ‘97 with his older cousin Donny Bo. He brought me through his pad and A-Plus‘ pad. I used to go to A-Plus’ house a few times to make beats because he had an ASR-10 because that’s what I use. He showed love and let me make a couple of beats because I didn’t have any equipment then. I used to just go to different cats’ spots I knew that had an ASR-10 or EPS and I would just bang out beats and save them. But Tajai knew I did music. He’s seen my grind. I used to be out in Berkeley like everyday on telegraph, slanging tapes. A lot of cats used to buy tapes from cats back then. I would slang tapes, buy a slice of pizza, have some money for tomorrow to re-up for more tapes. That’s how I did it. Getting my name up and all, you know. Tajai is a good dude. I got to go on tour with them last your too in the States and overseas. Souls are fam to me now.

    9. What’s up with Deep Rooted? Johaz as well as Brea are featured on ‘Labor of Love’, but can we expect other material from y’all as a group in the near future?

    Yeah, they’re both on the album doing their thing. We’re about to start recording some new raw stuff for you guys soon. We’re already been building about it. We’ve put out like three Deep Rooted albums in like four years so now everybody is just finishing up solo albums and side projects. So look out for a Johaz solo album and a Brea solo album. Both of em are done already. But yeah, there will also be some new Deep Rooted joints soon. I got a few albums. I just dropped an album with LMNO on Up Above records called ‘Banger Management’. I produced it all and rhymed on it too….real dope on the beats and rhymes…

    10. You obviously have a good work ethic. It can’t be a coincidence you matched up with mister work ethic himself LMNO? How did Banger Management got together?

    Well he put 10 albums out this year, that’s crazy! And he got more heat coming. We’re both the same way. We like to live in the studio. We are both workaholics. Me and LMNO go way back to the 90’s. But we recently went on tour together with Prince Po and while on the road me him and ld were just building. We talked about doing an album and soon as I got back I sent him some beats. As quick as I would send the beats, he would send em back with verses on them. And I would send them right back with my verse. Nothing was forced, it just worked right. It felt right, you know. That’s family right there, him and ld.

    11. You been in the game since the first half of the nineties. How did you evolve as an artist over all these years? And how has your relationship with the industry been changing?

    I believe you gotta remain true to yourself and your loyal fans and know how to reinvent yourself. Don’t stay stuck in the same spot, you gotta evolve. I always been on indie labels so it’s been alright because I can do what I want with my music. I try to stay away from the industry but I’ll take some of that dough though. (laughs)

    12. Now, this album is released just before winter. But based on the snippits I tend to feel it brings in the summer. You don’t ever seem to make pessimistic music? Is this a reflection of your personality?

    I think there are many moods on this album. I guess all the music I make reflects me. I don’t consider myself to be a pessimistic at all. I consider myself more opstimistic. I’m glad this album is being released in the winter, it has that feel to it to me. Most of my past albums have been released in the summer so it’s dope to have this one in the winter.

    13. What was the last hip-hop album you heard, that got inspired and made you run to the studio with an urge to knock some beats out?

    That’s a rough one. I hear stuff all the time that gets me hyped.

    14. 5 reasons why our readers should buy Labor of Love?

    – I’ve put a lot into it.
    – Some of the dopest emcees are on it.
    – Beats are crazy
    – You’ll enjoy it
    …and I’m a crazy guy behind the boards (laughs)

    15. What’s next for Mr. Brady?

    Just pushed this compilation, about to release a solo EP I did with other producers on the beats, I didn’t do any of the beats. Mr Brady and Moka Only album ‘Mr Mista’, ‘Left overs vol 3’, all those are done. An album I’m working on with this cat name Kas One from El Centro. New Deep Rooted stuff. ‘Labor of Love vol 2’, I’mma start on it too. Lots of stuff. Oh and a few suprises i can’t speak on yet!

    We can’t wait! Thanks for this interview.

    Download “Real Heavy” featuring Guilty Simpson and Johaz

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