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Skomes – Take Care by OBSA
December 15, 2014, 5:25 PM
Filed under: Beats, Hip-Hop, Mellow, MIXTAPE | Tags: , , , , , ,

My mind has been looping on beats of the heart…. because of Skomes. Take Care of yours by looping these sweet sounds for your heartbeat.

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Yogi – Afterglow by Chris

Jazzy beatstrumentals as their best. Yogi‘s Afterglow earns the BRILLIANT category. Check out the full yogi release, listen, and it can’t be heard here.



Knowsum – The Most Awkward by Chris
October 23, 2014, 11:40 AM
Filed under: Beats | Tags: , , , , ,

Knowsum has 37 beats up for €1 on Bandcamp- kinda makes every other fiscally responsible move you’ve ever made look silly in comparison.



Ape Tit by Chris
December 5, 2012, 3:34 PM
Filed under: Beats, Dance, Jazz | Tags: , , , , , ,

Ape Tit is a funky beat duo out of Denver who utilize real instruments in their production to create jazzy hip-hop beats. Electric Elephant  is an older release (it hit bandcamp back in May this year), while Make Love To YOU only appeared on Soundcloud a week or two ago.

Less words, more music:



Kid Deep – Shake It Up by Chris
September 13, 2012, 9:06 AM
Filed under: Beats, Hip-Hop | Tags: , , , , ,

Aside from having the best Soundcloud bio description ever “I can’t wait ’til this set is over, ‘cuz I’ve got a roll of Lifesavers in my pocket, and pineapple is next..” Perth’s Kid Deep produces some pretty fresh sample-heavy beats.



Ta-Ku – 50 Days For Dilla Vol. 2 by Chris

Ta-Ku has been kicking-ass after ass with his consistent high-quality beat-releases, and the 50 Days of Dilla project is possibly his most ambitious and successful yet. 50 Days for Dilla vol. 1 was released digitally under HW&W in March with the vinyl following two months later in May as HW&W‘s first official vinyl release. The vinyl sold out within 6 hours of its online release and I managed to bag the second-to-last copy.

Vol. 2 was released online on July 24th and for $10, the remaining 25 tracks of the project can be yours… Or you can hang-out for the vinyl (they’d be crazy not to release one after the last response).

The remaining 25 beats are brief (none break the 3 minute mark, as with the previous volume), however I wouldn’t want to attempt a feat like producing a beat every day for 50 days, so the length is easily forgivable. The quality is of a standard which can be expected from an established producer like Ta-Ku, the drums swing just right, the samples stutter and glitch to neat effect… and the overall feel of the record is something I could have constantly on in the background without a worry. The Dilla inspiration is clear and present- somewhat overpowering in-fact. I would have liked to see a little more deviation and stylistic twist from Ta-Ku considering his past proven skills with glitchy electronics, however this is not the aim of the record- as a tribute album, it works quite fantastically.



Ackryte – Filmstrip by Chris

Cascade Records has overtaken Warp and Ninja Tune for me when it comes to exciting new releases; the Paris-based label is constantly supporting underground gold- and their latest release with Resistant Mindz is no exception.

A great compilation with some fantastic post-hip-hop/trip-hop etc. sounds from a plethora of talented artists, including FTR faves BrokeRepeat Pattern and Ackryte (above), there’s some real special creativity running through the grooves of this record, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!




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