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O D S – Dirty Socks Vol. 3 by Chris
February 9, 2013, 5:16 PM
Filed under: Beats, Chilled, Hip-Hop, Jazz | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

San Francisco producer/MC Old Dirty Socks (or LO his rap alias) is an imminent artist from the US who is gaining popularity globally, having worked with Aussie legend Ta-Ku on a compilation project Night Swimmers as well as names like Prof. Logik, Fonetik Simbol and Venezuela’s Doktor Rheal to name a few. Releasing both instrumental beats as well as a few vocal tracks, ODS is a versatile musician with a clear passion for hip hop that manifests in his composition, both production and flow.

Dirty Socks Volume Three is the perfect combination of raw hip-hop percussion under and evocative jazzy melodies. The irresistible vinyl crackle and nostalgic vibes of each beat hold the album together to create a natural and effortless story through a warm selection of classic 70s soul samples. Similar to Apollo Brown and Mattron who have that same filtered soul style. The seemingly seamless flow of each track as well as that chopped vinyl/trip hop sound we all dig make this an accessible album over which to spit rhymes and jam, two-step with your lover, or just to bop your head to and max out. Not your typical neck snapping beats; the album is a delightful mixture of subtle beat drops and boom bap drums.



Shag – 1992 by Chris
December 18, 2012, 10:56 AM
Filed under: Beats, Hip-Hop, Jazz | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

To celebrate his 20th birthday, Shag promised (and delivered) a new beat tape. If you dig tight sample-based trip-hop do not hesitate- Shag consistently releases fantastic stuff, with a variety of moods and noises to keep you entertained from start to finish.

Grab it here:

http://www.mediafire.com/?vtt25g7f1eslhom

 



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:



ALTA – Stay Awhile by Chris

Shaping up to be the release of the year, you better believe I’m tagging Alta‘s Stay Awhile debut BRILLIANT (the lucky 7th tag earned this year).

From the seductive slowness of the eponymous opener Stay Awhile to the cheeky musac samples in Elevator, the overall progression of the record effortlessly moves from dreamy sample-heavy blues-ballads to solid trip-hop sounds in Next and Bees.

The most impressive element of Alta‘s sound is the way beatmaker Julius’ sample-heavy beats marry with vocalist Hannah’s organic soulful voice to create a fresh-yet-familiar vibe within the tracks. The only thing I dislike about this album is that when I listen to it on my iTunes, Alta Mira by Björk always comes on once it’s over and that song drives me fucking nuts; but, assuming you won’t have the same problem, I highly recommend you take the time to give this release a download.



Kid Deep – Shake It Up by Chris
September 13, 2012, 9:06 AM
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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.



Yoshimitsu – Bugz (Kaligraph E remix) by Chris
September 5, 2012, 1:29 PM
Filed under: Beats, Dance, Electronica, Experimental | Tags: , , , , , , ,

I used to have crazy amounts of fun playing as Yoshimitsu in Tekken because he had this one move where he’d stab himself. I was such a sadistic little shit back in my childhood I’d play the game as him just to watch Yoshimitsu stab himself in the gut over and over for my own enjoyment.

Anyway, that’s completley irrelevant when discussing this particular Yoshimitsu collective. Blaster Master displays future-beat at it’s finest; a perfect blend of Fly-Lo style syncopation and engaging sounds. Marisa Tomei shows a subtle hint of down-tempo romanticism and tranquil repose. I’m posting Kaligraph E‘s harder remix of Bugz from a few months back though. It’s a stand out.

You can check out some free downloads if you like what you head from their soundcloud.



Nakagin – Raincoats by Chris
August 15, 2012, 12:00 PM
Filed under: Beats, Chilled, Electronica | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Sydney-based Nakagin has been on his game for around a year now, and I’d call him Australia’s very own Nosaj Thing.

Releasing a split 12″ with Guerre in September, Nakagin is a familiar name in the vibrant Sydney/Melbourne beat scene complementing names such as Polographia and Oliver Tank.

Raincoats comes off of Nakagin‘s EP Elsewhere from July last year. You can pick it up here. Or try out Raincoats as a single below:

Nakagin – Raincoats



Lindsay Lowend – Buzzsaw by Chris
August 13, 2012, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Beats, Dance, Dubstep, Electronica, Trap | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Fucking aye. Lindsay Lowend dropped this monster trap beat track two days ago and it’s been blowing the shit out of my sub-woofer.

I’ve been listening to this 808-riddled heavy bass beat music for quite some time before I knew that we were calling it ‘trap’- I’m not quite sure how I feel about the name- but as I said in the last post, I’m not here to needle genres. And who gives a shit anyway, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” after all. The facts are; its accessibility as a crossover for fans of electrionca, trip-hop, hip-hop and dubstep really puts trap in a position to be taking off in a BIG way. After seeing EDM heavyweight Diplo embracing it in what is possibly one of my favourite tracks of the year, I’m legitimately excited to see if it will creep into mainstream music as dubstep did, and perhaps inject some life into the ubiquitous sorry excuse for ‘hip-hop’ that we hear on the radio these days.



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.



Kaligraph E – Done Good EP by Chris

It’s wet in Melbourne at the moment, and I mean that in the ‘rainy and miserable’ sense… not the “haha- you said ‘wet'” way.

Luckily there’s some summery tunes out there that can always brighten up the cloudy grey weather until it changes radically the next minute.

An artist who seems to specialise in such tunes is Kaligraph E, who’s Done Good EP  was released on UK-based cassette-tape label 100 Akres last month. Funnily enough, Kaligrah E resides in Melbourne himself, so I’m not sure where the inspiration for these sunny tunes is coming from- but I’d sure love a taste!

The whole EP is available for a choose your price (with no minimum) off of Bandcamp direct download, so you can grab it there for free if you like! It’s got some neat remixes from Fuck the Radio faves Handbook and Vanilla



Turismo Chris – Evolution by Chris
July 12, 2012, 12:18 AM
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Some dope instrumental hip-hop coming at you from Portland, Oregon. Turismo ChrisEvolution is constructed with clear verse/chorus structures behind it, but can survive as a pleasurable listen without any vocal track over the top of it. There’s a cosmic sci-fi style sleekness to his sound that makes me think of an utopian future… but that retro style neon future where everyone wears cool glittery rubber jumpsuits and there are hot alien chicks who look just like humans but they have antennae or something crazy. Worth checking out next time you are ploughing through your old comic book collection and need some backing music for those old issues of Silver Surfer you have tucked under your bed… Or when you are cruising through the solar system in the car pictured above.

Turismo Chris – Evolution



The Doppelgangaz – Here We Go by Chris
June 28, 2012, 12:17 PM
Filed under: Hip-Hop, Jazz, Vocals | Tags: , , , ,

The mysterious Doppelgangaz duo produce some killer hip-hop and are on their way up the ladder- their music has been featured on the front-page of bandcamp, and I can foresee some favourable reviews coming their way.

I know normally on this blog I feature largely instrumental tracks, today I’m posting Here We Go which has some pretty dope flow and lyricism as well as tight, jazz-sample-based production. If you are into rap, I recommend checking the rest of their tracks. As whole, the record flows quite smoothly from start to end.

The Doppelgangaz – Here We Go



Desmond Cheese – Saw The Signs Pt 2 by Chris

Desmond Cheese‘s beats are dope. Saw the Signs Pt. 2 is an instrumental cut off of a release he did with Mr Bill about a year ago, and it’s got all of the best ingredients: jazz, bass and essence of sex.

You could do just about anything with this music playing and it’d instantly give it a totally new groovy vibe. Seriously, you could be eating a taco or something, and some hottie could walk past you and think nothing of it. But if you were eating a taco with this music on the hottie would be dtf.

Enjoy 🙂

Desmond Cheese – Saw The Signs Pt 2



J.S. 315 – Missing the Sun by Chris
June 14, 2012, 1:57 PM
Filed under: Beats, Hip-Hop | Tags: , , , ,

Today’s sounds come from J.S. 315, a producer out of Los Angeles with an extensive back catalogue. Tip Off Pt. 1 is a nice 6-track downloadable set off of his Soundcloud- stylistically clear and concise- If you are into the whole L.A beat scene; especially sounds more on the hip-hop side of things, check him out.

J.S. 315 – Missing the Sun



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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