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Duke Westlake – Re. Turn by Chris

Duke Westlake’s Re. Turn is an impressive 30 tracks large. Ranging from chillout to electronica to straight up hip-hop, this album contains an impressive variety of different sounds and samples, worth hitting play and kicking back to.

Released by the soulful hip-hop centred Mello Music Group (Oddisee, Apollo Brown), the whole thing only costs an easy $7.50 to be yours to keep, or just stream it on Bandcamp above.



Kwala – Werewolf Barmitzvah by Chris

Everyone has bizzare rituals; whether it be conditioning thier hair before they shampoo, purposely wearing socks inside out- or something a little more involved, like sitting in the same seat at the same bar every Friday after work and ordering the same drink. We all have little things that we like to keep to ourselves- it’s what keeps us sane. For me, every Sunday night after I get home from the radio station, I pour myself a small glass of red wine, turn the TV onto the ‘classic movies’ channel (where they play all the old black-and white films), mute it, and listen to music.

Kwala‘s album Shabang may be the perfect soundtrack for these moments. As wine slowly stains my lips and the suave-looking detective in the movie lights up his cigar, Kwala‘s expansive pads and smooth down-tempo rhythms fill the full aural spectrum. Not demanding enough to be abrasive or distracting, yet far from being boring or repetitive- the best way to describe Kwala‘s music would be something like ‘post-trip-hop’. Excuse my ‘typical-music-blogger-making-up-meaningless-genres-to-avoid-actually-describing-the-music’, but being superfluous when it comes to these things does nothing justice. Plus I want to enjoy my wine.

Kwala – Werewolf Barmitzvah

The full album is available here for a pick-your-price download and it comes with my highest recommendation:

<edit: It seems to have disappeared, but there is still some great stuff up there>

http://kwala.bandcamp.com

 

 



Juzhin – Tupona by Chris
November 9, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Ambient, Chilled, Jazz | Tags: , , , , ,

Juzhin is a downtempo artist from Moscow putting out some really amazing music… and he’s giving it away for free on Soundcloud, so get in there before the rest of the world discovers him.

Tupona is a pleasurable mix of acoustic sounds. I’m guessing there are samples in there because I can hear the pop and crackle of vinyl. It’s really neat stuff, a laid back fusion of chamber-jazz and ambient; artfully crafted in a way that pushes Jason May (the man behind the music) beyond the negative stigma of ‘producer’ and into the respectful realm of being a ‘musician’. That said, everything is well produced to a very professional quality, and although his soundcloud following may be small, you can safely bet Juzhin is no stranger to being played through the headphones of many.

Download:

Juzhin – Tupona

Soundcloud:

http://soundcloud.com/juzhin




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