Category archive: Hip Hop

jay prince beautiful mercy

East London rapper Jay Prince has found his way into modern-day Hip Hop thanks to his nonchalant golden-age-influenced flow over contemporary beats. He’s been beavering away for a while now and is receiving a lot of love from beyond the UK.

Jay Prince released a couple of self-released EP’s in the past with quite a few productions from IAMNOBODI. For his latest “Beautiful Mercy” EP, he gets some help from L.A.-based artists SiR and the mesmerizing Joyce Wrice. She features on “Promises“, happens to be our favorite cut of the EP. Now available via iTunes, so go ahead and have a listen.


Almost two weeks ago 22-year-old Virginia-based rapper GoldLink released his new album titled “And After That, We Didn’t Talk“.

It’s the official follow-up to “The God Complex” and to be very honest it took me a while to get used to this guy’s lyrics. Unfortunately GoldLink’s vocabulary consists largely of the words n*gga, f*ck and b*tch. If he would only learn how to expand it, I’d be a bigger fan of his music. Eventually I did come to enjoy the new album and found a few gems on there.

On the new album he gets some help from artists such as Anderson Paak, Jordan Rakei, Tom Misch, Brasstracks and Louie Lastic (to name a few). Needless to say you should all give this 11-track album a listen yourself.

Jay Prince AfroPhunk

London-based vocalist Jay Prince first caught our attention last year with the track “Polaroids”. He was quickly swooped up by Soulection and is one of the few rappers on their roster now. Oh and guess what..Jay is back with a new cut titled “AfroPhunk” featuring SiR and Joyce Wrice (both from Los Angeles, California).

AfroPhunk is the first track of Jay Prince’s upcoming “Beautiful Mercy” project and was co-produced by the fellas from Brasstracks. The chorus on this joint reminds me slighty of something by Outkast. For those interested the EP is set to be released next month and will feature guys like Gravez, DrewsThatDude and Rascal on production.


MED, Blu and Madlib are long time collaborators, that have teamed up for a new album titled “Bad Neighbor” forthcoming on Bang Ya Head/Rappcats.

All productions on this project (brainchild of MED) are courtesy of Madlib. There’s no doubt ‘it sounds royal if you let Madlib design sound for you’. The album is an exclamation point on the idea that began with The Burgundy EP, expanded to include MF DOOM, Aloe Blacc, Dam Funk, Mayer Hawthorne, Anderson Paak and Hodgy Beats.

Just just might be the most promising Hip-Hop album to come out (on vinyl) this year. Look for this to come out October 30 on CD and December 1 on 2xLP. Pre-order here and enjoy “Finer Things” featuring Phonte & Likewise!

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!