He has collaborated with J Rawls, Young RJ (Slum Village), Rapper Big Pooh and produces for The Action Figures. Mozaic drops his “I-95” album on the world which dives into his journey of 2014. From heartbreak, to finding new love, to failures and accomplishments. He combined those experiences and created a soundtrack real people relate to.
Lately I have been searching for new talent a little closer to home. Right before the weekend I came across 18 year old Jengi Beats (Jan Berendsen) from the Dutch city of Den Bosch.
He has been crafting beats since high school and went to the Dutch Pop Academy (NLPA) in Utrecht. He is currently building on his own Koninkrijk Van Muziek label, which roughly translates into kingdom of music. Jengi has won several remix contests and thanks to various radio shows, that picked up his music, he is gaining international recognition. Our favorite track is “Carrot Juice“, but also check out his latest music. Some nice freebies available for free download!
We are working on a fresh new project where we put a spotlight on talented Dutch producers. More info on this soon, but rest assured that young Jengi Beats will be a part of this.
Many times I get the urge to hop on a plane to the old US of A. Simply because there is so much talent to be found there and sir JNTHN STEIN is one of those cats.
You may remember our favorite track, “Last Stop“, from L.A.’s Penthouse Penthouse featuring JNTHN STEIN. For his solo track “Laced Up” the Brooklyn-based producer teams up with fellow Brooklynite Brasstracks. Together they create some low down dirty and Jazzy instrumental, that blows (not only horns) but minds. We are looking forward to many more incredible collaborations like this in the future.
For now head over to JNTHN Stein’s Bandcamp page and peep some of his previous work.
Not that long ago I talked to PYRMDPLAZA from Wales. On that particular occasion he told me Soulection had asked him to do a White Label release. What I did not know is that it would drop so damn fast as White Label 011.
PYRMDPLAZA is currently attending the University of Wales and is studying ‘Creative Sound and Music’. He started making music about 6-7 years ago with FLStudio, but now uses Ableton. Some of you might remember some of his previous releases on the French imprint Laruche Records.
As always this white label release is available for free download, so go ahead and grab this one!
While most of Jasper’s productions are Trap-oriented. With Buttarolls, we see a more soulful side with Don Blackman inspired slap bass. The homie Hugo is one of Holland’s best kept secrets. Fatherhood made him grow a belly, but when this guy teams up with Jasper Staal that’s the hook! I heard that Jasper and HughGo are working on a project together, so lets hope there’s more butter in the barrel waiting to be churned.
Shout out to the Darker Than Wax fam for making this one available for free download. Worldwide, we moov!
Mndsgn aka Ringgo has, over the years, risen through the ranks. After gaining super star status in the underground world of Beats and Hip Hop he was signed to Stones Throw.
He grew up without luxuries such as electricity, but when he was introduced to the world of music the proverbial sh*t hit the fan. Under the moniker Mndsgn, he headed west and now resides in Los Angeles. For a long time Mndsgn used to be one of our favorite producers, but it seemed like he had disappeared at one point in time. Then out of the blue Stones Throw announced the release of his debut album “Yawn Zen“.
For some reason I had overlooked this release, but luckily came across it again this afternoon. No full album review or nothing. Just a confirmation of what you thought might be the case. Yes…this one is a winner. For when Mndsgn’s gives us his personal take on A Tribe Called Quest’s “Find A Way” in the form of the track “Camelblues”. It’s on and poppin’. Visit the Stones Throw shop to order your vinyl, CD’s or MP3′s.
Koen the northman has returned after a short hiatus. I had the pleasure of finally meeting Koen at the Soulection party a few months back and am pleased to see his return with the latest installment of his Outputs series.
For this one Koen had a little help from Baltimore producer Tek.lun and our very own homegrown Jael. As usual his buddy and fellow Groninger Roelie Vuitton was responsible for the artwork. Now the name of my favorite track is “1146” and that’s right about when I usually go to bed. Anyway “Outputs 6” is available on Koen’s Bandcamp page, so drop some if you got some.
Unfortunately Alex was unable to go on a US tour due to visa issues. A lot of you might be bummed, but I’m pretty sure he will be flying to California as soon as possible. In the meantime mister IAMNOBODI thought he would give you some permanent ear damage by unleashing his signature pounding drums and bass. This instrumental is not to be f*cked with…seriously. Oh and it’s also available on Bandcamp for €2 in case you were wondering where to cop.
Let’s not be too picky, for this project has been made available for free download by Mellow Orange. As we celebrate or dread the annual transition from Summer to Autumn, Freddie Joachim provides the perfect soundtrack. Nice little Kool and The Gang remake, but for us “Wait” is the winning track! Head on over to Freddie’s Bandcamp page to pick this one up for free and enjoy the last days of summer.
Chris McClenney is at it again. This time he ‘Selflessly’ donates the track “Peace” for Visual Vibez‘s non-profit project. Earlier today Chris announced his goal to move out to Los Angeles before July 15th next year. And I’m very sure young Chris McClenney will reach his goal for the world is his oyster.
Two weeks ago Singularis (aka Frank de Bruin) from the Netherlands dropped his track “Shadows“, which is also on the “Selfless” project. I wrote a nice piece on Okayfuture in case you would like to read more about that.
Please make sure you make a donation to support art & music. This time all proceeds go to Playing for Change Foundation.