Archive for December, 2009
As promised, here it is: the official Statik Selektah X Reflection Eternal Mixtape, RE: Union. Go ahead and download this mix of classic, unreleased and new songs and get hyped for the upcoming album. Shit… that’s what I’m gonna do.
Oh yeah, Happy New Year.
darkstar – the dubstep group not the skate company – are, like every other hot-ass dubstep artist, on the hyperdub label (which put together what seems to be the most praised compilation record of the year in 5 years of hyperdub, and yes, the praise is well deserved. keeping this parenthetical going, y’all should definitely check out this benji b 1xtra show from february, which features hyperdub creator kode9, and a big showcase of hyperdub artists). anyway, here is an exclusive mixtape (click that link, and scroll down a bit until you see the mix; while awesome, xxjfg won’t let anyone link directly to their tracks) that darkstar did for the awesome UK blog 20jazzfunkgreats. finally, check out this FUCKING AWESOME track from darkstar called lilyliver:
i’ve been on this song for a week or so. the beat is INSANE. i thought about posting the youtube clip (hella nsfw), but it seemed super weird to put up a video of ass-clapping on here. thank god for soundcloud, which also allows you to check out some more ray rich.
VANCOUVER! are you up on the mad decent podcast? you should be. in the late summer, they dropped a mix by vancouver DJs rico uno and genie called swag surfin (download) that is “dedicated to that new black boy white boy type stuff” and ends with 20 minutes of dancehall. as a mix, it’s totally random, but it’s super nonetheless.
rico uno and genie are also responsible for this year-end mix of their favorite rap tracks for mad decent. and the next time you’re up in vancouver, be sure to eat all the delicious food there and find out where these guys are DJing.
bonus mix after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
This came out on Christmas day, but I neglected to post it as I was busy being festive and all that. Now that I’m back on my bloggin grizzly, I have no excuses. Please accept my sincerest apologies and enjoy this digital token of my affection, courtesy of the good folks at Brainfeeder, the Gaslamp Killer and Flying Lotus himself.
For real, though, this is some good shit. Don’t procrastinate, download (right click, save as) it now. And cop Fly Lo’s new album, Cosmogramma, out on April 20th 2010.
Hi-Tek’s face pretty much says it all.
Keep your eyes and ears peeled for a new Statik Selektah X Reflection Eternal mixtape coming out on New Year’s Eve and a new RE album, Revolutions Per Minute, in 2010 – yet another sign that 2010 is gonna be a good year.
I’m typically above highlighting a project just because there are female MCs involved (talent is talent) but this is a documentary that I can’t help but want to spread to the masses. The homegirl Invincible, who you already know about from our Detroit Heat series, shot this short film during a hip-hop tour in Europe earlier this year. You can read more about the project below, but be sure to check out the video also. It’s inspiring from a film-maker/media-maker’s standpoint and musicians/artists should feel the same way about it as well.
The Revival gives a candid glimpse into the first meeting of legendary Hip-Hop pioneer Roxanne Shante and veteran Philly emcee Bahamadia, as they trade stories of their struggles and triumphs in the industry over their long careers. It shows the exchange of lessons between them and up-and-coming artists DJ Shortee, Eternia, Stacy Epps, and Invincible. This short documentary, a collage of performances and behind the scenes footage, was filmed by Invincible while on the road in Europe as part of We-B Girlz all women independent Hip-Hop tour. The largest all female Hip-Hop tour of its kind, it spanned over three weeks, six countries, and featured dozens of female artists who performed for tens of thousands of supporters.
Of the various camps responsible for the global cumbia surge (no Iraq), none has been more at the forefront than the Emayo Cutz crew. Joelito, one third of the crew (along with El Hijo de la Cumbia and Rebenga), just shot this Busy Signal remix into the LxNxM inbox (email@example.com if you aren’t knowing), and it is fiery. It’s high paced, bassy, and not for the faint of heart. Download it, turn it up, and let it rip.
If you’re not already knowing, Seattle’s blipster rap stars They Live! dropped a fire-red LP that’s so 2010 it’s free. It’s full of quality bangers, a few odd placed interludes/skits, and a gang of throwback gems that journey back to the days of early ’90s R&B. Alright, so they’re only 2/3rds blipsters but you get my drift. They came out of the city’s party rap scene but show a hell of a lot more creativity when it comes to crafting songs than most people do, period. MC/producer Bruce Illest goes in when it comes to oddball yet catchy production and Larry Mizell Jr is so West Coast with his rhymes that it’s ridiculous.
Their debut full length is called They La Soul and it features their newest vocalist, Janae Jones. You’ll hear her on “Serve You” and various other cuts. Don’t let the artwork scare you by the way.
Didn’t I mention the whole project is free? Go here for the gift of music. You can download the whole thing or stream it at your leisure. I sort of get the feeling that free albums are really just extended promo opportunities and that they’ll be releasing something that actually costs money in the future. But for now, get it in and enjoy.