Posts Tagged ‘hip hop’
Twit One is no twit when it comes to classic sounding instrumental hip hop. The Cologne, Germany producer dropped his record Stepping Stones earlier this month.
It’s a collection of really short beats, the longest one clocking in at about two and a half minutes. Each one leaves you wanting more the way each of J Dilla’s Donuts did. It’s a clever way to get you to listen over and over.
All Twit’s beats are straightforward, smooth, and funky. Unlike many of his German contemporaries, he goes light on the synth work and sticks to instrument samples.
The cover of Stepping Stones depicts a day at summer camp, and that’s exactly the vibe of the record. It’s a relaxing instrumental listen that gets a little sentimental at times, kind of like Nightmares on Wax’s Carboot Soul or Blockhead’s Music By Cavelight.
Hear Zuelpicher Blues, the longest track on the record, below.
Ana San is collective consisting of four beatmakers from sunny Santa Ana, California. Inspired by the sounds of LA’s Low End Theory, Mezzo, Ages, DTCPU, and Barefoot Shrubs began creating beats, and each of them has dropped an EP or two of instrumental gems.
The newest gold from the crew is Mezzo’s Why Not Nothing EP, a collection of low tempo (and occasionally no tempo) songs composed of textured drones and mystery drum sounds.
The cryptic melodies come together in a piecemeal way, echoing a lot of sounds coming out of LA today, but keeping the mood darker than what you’ve heard before.
All proceeds from Why Not Nothing will be donated to Japan Tsunami & Earthquake Relief efforts.
Get the album here and hear a track below.
It’s called “turbo crunk” and it’s sweeping the nation. And by nation, I mean Canada.
For some time, Lunice has been our favorite Montrealer rehashing hip hop style from the American south into something fresh. A few of his collaborators have begun appearing on the radar as well. Today, we’ve got Hovatron for you.
Hovatron just dropped Hovatron EP, a single packed with three original tracks and a few remixes, including renditions by Sixtoo (as Prison Garde), Spoek Mathambo, and Doshy. The remixes mimic Hovatron’s affinity for 808s and classic synths, and his knack for minimalism. In the tradition of crunk beats, simplicity reigns in turbo crunk productions. Of course, Hovatron’s sound takes crunk to unconventional places; it’s doubtful that Lil’ Jon ever used a Korg MS-20.
Hear Hovatron EP below.
Offbeat cowbells? Synth leads? Womp womps? Sounds like a couple of cats in Korea have been feeding their brains the same stuff served in LA.
Producers Simo and Mood Schula are producers from Seoul, Korea, a neighborhood of the world known more for painstakingly pretty boy and girl pop groups. But this music is no tween bait. This month, the duo dropped a release of instrumental heat called Simo & Mood Schula EP, combining the bass heavy beat stylings of Simo with Mood Schula’s slow minimal sound infused with traditional Korean instruments.
Learn more about the record here.
Bochum, Germany doesn’t have too many claims to fame. In fact, let me check the numbers on that. Scratch that, Bochum has zero claims to fame, save for one guy with a microphone.
MC Aphroe has been a celebrated German rapper since the early 90s. Of course, that means that if you don’t speak German, you probably don’t listen to his stuff, but that doesn’t mean the guy’s eloquence is lost.
His clever and infectious flow is packed with references that any aficionado of English language hip hop would recognize. Take 2007’s “Svenology” as a shining example.
His lyrical ability has seen Aphroe’s name appear on dozens of releases and on stage opening for Public Enemy’s performance of Fear of a Black Planet in its entirety last year in nearby Ruhr.
Aphroe collaborated with Düsseldorf’s DJ Rafik on a 7″ single called “Heavy Traphik” that’s due out next month. Aphroe’s flow bounces over a beat built on unconventional percussion: a conga rhythm in lieu of a snare. You can hear the track below.
You’ve heard about him from the tags on your new jeans, and now it’s time to get better acquainted with Berlin’s Comfort Fit.
As the legend goes, Comfort Fit learned the art of sampling at age four. He DJed his first gig at age 12, and he released his first record at age 18. Wow. Either his parents were incredibly supportive of his endeavors, or they’re failed musicians living vicariously through him.
Whatever their technique of child rearing, Mr. and Mrs. Fit reared themselves a damn virtuoso.
Over several albums, Comfort Fit has forged a sound that borrows from soul, hip hop, funk, and glitch formats. While any one track might fall into one of these categories, it will never do so neatly.
These records are better defined by clean, nuanced production than by any genre title.
Comfort Fit collaborates like crazy, so his record liner notes are packed with obscure gems of rap and song from all languages.
Hear a preview for his upcoming record via a quote from Soderbergh’s Schizopolis and a little background funk.
It’s a particularly good Friday for one kid in Toronto. Sunclef put out his EP today.
The Tesseract is named for a geometric shape that can be simply described as a cube within a cube…within a cube. Wait, scratch that last cube.
That makes it sound like it’ll be packed with math-y rhythms and blips and beeps, but it’s actually quite smooth and funky. The five track run encapsulates Sunclef’s aptitude for layering synth sounds and crunchy-ing up snare sounds.
It should be mentioned that The Tesseract is spelled with a triangle where the “A” should be, but I’ve stared down for quite some time now trying to locate the triangle button and no dice. I guess keyboards are different in Canada.
Hear all of The Tesseract EP below. It’s 19 minutes of electronic bliss, with a highlight at track three. You can get the full download here.