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German Producer Twit One's Stepping Stones Keeps Beats Short and Sweet

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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.

Zuelpicher Blues by Twit One

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April 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm

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Santa Ana's Mezzo Asks You, Why Not Nothing?

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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.

DPT by mezzo

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April 28, 2011 at 5:26 pm

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Seoul's Simo & Mood Schula Drop EP of Bass Heavy Beats

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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.

You can hear the Simo and Mood Schula’s individual tracks here and here, respectively.

Learn more about the record here.

Written by M

April 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

French Producer Onra's "Sitting Back" Gets a VHS Treatment

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Someone helped French producer Onra work his mojo with ladies from the 80s. Director Matt Ferran edited together clips from a collection of old videos along with footage of Onra on stage happily tapping away on his MPC.

Between the ethereal pop beat of “Sitting Back,” the soft focus on the old footage and Onra’s retro hairdo and relaxed smile, this video will make you believe that true love only ever came to be on a dance floor that ceased to exist more than two decades ago. It’s the kind of love girls giggle about at slumber parties, and it’s a love nerds just can’t handle.

Let Onra teach you about love.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=22413494&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=00adef&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&loop=0

Onra – Sitting Back – Official Video from Matt Ferran on Vimeo.

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April 25, 2011 at 6:05 pm

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Artwork for Moscow's DZA Travels Over "Shifty" Beat

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Collaborative graffiti plays out before our eyes in this video for DZA’s “Shifty.” The Moscow producer lets the beat rock as he takes a blank poster from an artist in his studio to another artist in a bar across town.

The finished product is a combination of traditional graffiti lettering and adorable cartooning, featuring DZA as a cuddly bear wielding an MPC over a crumbling sculpture of his name.

Watch the video below and be wowed by time elapse, a super simple technique that’s still awesome to watch

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DZA (msk) in NewBar 30/04 from Elfilter on Vimeo.

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April 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm

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Toronto's Sunclef Drops a Cube Within a Cube Within an EP

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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.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F729788 The Tesser∆ct by Sunclef

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April 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm

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Jon Phonics Sees a 7" as a Reason to Party

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Jon Phonics’ beat work can often be heard as the backdrop for UK lyricists like Mr. Drastick, M9, and Verb T, but his new 7″ is just him, and he’s armed with a lot of low end.

Phonics is taking a break from the hip hop production and will drop a couple of serious bass tracks this month.

His solo work ranges from electro and disco to dubstep and grime. Just check out the mix below, a promo session for his launch party this week. Style-wise, it’s all over the place, but Phonics blends it all seamlessly.

Bruck Out/The One is out on April 25th, and if you happen to be in London on Friday, hit up The Old Blue Last for the launch party. Jon Phonic’s Chakra Sounds labelmate Evil Ed will be spinning, and he made this.

That should be reason enough.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F13831134 Jon Phonics Launch Party 22nd April @ Old Blue Last Promo Mix by jonphonics

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April 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

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