Category archive: Hip Hop

Fid Mella

Been a bit busy lately, but had to squeeze in some time to let you all know about a project by Jamin & Fid Mella from Vienna.

Fid is no stranger to us, but it seems he has been lurking in the background for a while. Thanks to Suff Diddawg for making me aware of this. I had never heard of Jamin before, but the two dropped their “Augenring” album a few weeks back.

All tracks are produced by Fid Mella and thanks to Hector Macello Records all 16 tracks are available as a free download or you can name your price right here on Bandcamp.

Blended Babies

The artist formerly known as Breezy Lovejoy has been in the fast lane ever since he was featured on Dr. Dre’s new “Compton” album. Sir Anderson Paak might just be one of the nicest vocalists in the game right about now. Hype or no hype.

Now this “The Anderson Paak EP“, produced entirely by production duo Blended Babies (JP and Rich Gains) out of Los Angeles, came out before the weekend. It features Asher Roth and Donnie Trumpet and is well worth a listen if you ask us. The track “Make It Work” is quite pleasant to the ear, but don’t take our word for it and find out for yourself what this Blended Babies EP is all about.

Sixtus Preiss Lololo

Sixtus Preiss is a Viennese multi-instrumentalist and a bit of a mad scientist as well perhaps. Sixtus is a well-versed tinkerer who builds home-made amplifier boards and loves the complex wiring of his rigs. He also managed to grab our attention today.

He has a double-sided 7-inch coming out on Friday titled “Lololo“. Now the original version is pretty damn tight, but the band version that’s a whole different story. On it Sixtus Preiss holds it down on keys with Peter Rom on guitar, Manu Mayr on bass and Lukas Koenig on drums. Straight butterfunkalicious!

Look for this on Affine’s Bandcamp page and be sure to pre-order that 45 right about now.

Tom Misch Wake Up This Day

Tom Misch is a musician/producer we have been listening to for a while, but with the arrival of “Beat Tape” 2 we thought it was the right time to dedicate a blog post to the talented guitarist out of London, who is clearly heavily inspired by ATCQ and Jay Dee.

It runs in the fam, for his sister Carmody is a heck of a vocalist. Together they released “Wander With Me” last week and in the next two weeks we can expect to find two more new tracks on Tom Misch’s Soundcloud page. Tom’s third single titled “Wake Up This Day” features one of our favorite Aussies Jordan Rakei and was released via Soundcloud yesterday.

The full album will be out August 28th via Beyond The Groove and pre-orders are available on iTunes.

Werk Space 7 Giorgio Oehlers

Once again it’s time to spoil you all with the outcome of our monthly Werk Space project recorded at the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam.

25-year-old Giorgio Oehlers knew exactly what he wanted to work on and record and brought Bennie Semil (drums) and Ben Stendam (bass) to work on an amazing song titled “Sunshine & Margaritas”. The vibe was wonderful and I’m proud of Giorgio! Together with Moods he has been representing both the Darker Than Wax family and the city of Rotterdam.

The song reminds me of Robert Glasper, Hiatus Kaiyote and so much more. It’s unlike anything I’ve heard made thus far during this monthly Dutch producer series. You only need one hit of this to get fully lit! As always we pamper you with a free download, so look for the ‘FREE DOWNLOAD’ button next to share button.

Freddie Joachim Charcoal

To my great pleasure I found an email in my inbox a few hours ago that made me curious at first and delighted a little later. Freddie Joachim decided to drop a seven track freebie EP entitled “Charcoal” via his own label Mellow Orange today (insert fist pump).

It is no secret that we have been a fan of this Californian producer for the longest. I personally got into him because of incredible cuts like “Sexual Chocolate” of Freddie Joachim’s “Tiger” EP from 2008. In the past years Freddie released “Midway“, followed by “Fiberglass Kisses“. A a free download like this is always hits the spot though!


Potatohead People All The Way

One of our favorite Canadian production duos, Potatohead People, have returned with a follow-up of their “Big Luxury” album. This features instrumentals, remixes and one new, unheard bonus cut that didn’t make the album.

Thanks to our friends at Bastard Jazz we gladly premiere this previously unreleased track “All The Way“. So much to say about this beautiful boom bap Hip-Hop banger, but the simplicity makes it really stand out. Love the combination of the silky rhodes, sexy female vocals from their friend Vanessa and random rhymes by Potatohead People themselves in the background. Oh and happy birthday Nate. Hope you had a wonderful day yesterday!

Pick up “Big Luxury: Instrumentals, Remixes & B-sides” containing a bunch of instrumental versions, “All The Way” and two remixes from Exmag and Noo-Bap.

Uncanny Valley Give'n'Take

Uncanny Valley is a record label out of Dresden, Germany. Their latest “Give’n’Take” release is a new series that focuses on a variety of their favorite producers and core artists.

Berlin’s best Max Graef delivers the face melting track “Tittenkuschler“, a slow heater that will surely soothes your soul and mind. What an ultra melodic cut from the Money $ex producer…phew didn’t see this one coming at all.

Other dopeness by Cuthead’s, S3A and Moony Me can be found on the Give’n’take EP, which you should listen on Bandcamp. Credits to Lucas Hunter aka Luca Lozano for providing the artwork for this one.

Illa J Universe

After a few days of hard work it’s time to return with a brand newbie from Illa J. The young vocalist, originally from Detroit and now residing in Montreal, has been carefully navigating his way through the oft-turbulent waters of Hip-Hop since the tender age of thirteen.

The young John Yancey aka Illa J wrote his first rhyme alongside his brother, the late great Jay Dee aka Dilla Dawg. After his brother’s passing in 2006, Illa J began teaching himself piano and bass. He took vocal lessons and at the same time toured the world and recorded a gang of Dilla-related projects, being an active member of Slum Village until 2014.

When Illa J moved to Canadian he soon started working with producers Nick Wisdom & AstroLogical (who we know better as Potatohead People). Their “Big Luxury” album was released not that long ago on Bastard Jazz and it featured Illa J on two tracks. After the amazing “Strippers” cut, Illa J returns with his second single titled “Universe“. We are looking forward to the forthcoming self-titled solo album entirely produced by the Canadian duo.

Glenn Astro Throwback

We have told you before that Money $ex Records is the truth. One half of their crew is Essen-based wunderkind Glenn Astro.

He returns to the Tartelet family with his debut solo album, titled “Throwback“. On it we hear how heavily influenced Glenn Astro’s music really is by Hip-Hop. On Throwback we witness how the German producer manages to forge his signature Deep House sound, by fusing the two genres effortlessly. As you know samples are often the foundation in the Hip-Hop culture and on his new project Glenn Astro regularly flips some Jazz or Soul cuts.

We see Max Graef feature on two tracks on Throwback and are also looking forward to Wayne Snow’s forthcoming “Rosie” EP to release on the Danish imprint. The official release is slated for tomorrow, but it seems like you can already order your copy of the 2xLP on the Juno site.