Category archive: Hip Hop

Illa J Universe
24.06.15

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
24.05.15

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.

 

Onra Fundamentals
16.05.15

Parisian producer Onra returns to the All City label with his third album entitled “Fundamentals”.

This right here is a straight tribute to the countless 90’s hip-hop & R&B joint that some of us grew up with. His album is not just inspired by the golden era, it almost sounds like it was made in the nineties. Onra looks back, but thinks forward as he grabs his trusty MPC and uses no computer software whatsoever!

On Fundamentals we find vocal contributions from Daz Dillenger, Chuck Inglish, Olivier Day Soul, Suzi Analogue, Black Milk and Melodee. Fundamentals is available digitally on iTunes now with vinyl and CD’s to follow June 1st.

Frank Nitt Go Slow
15.05.15

Vancouver stand up! Gotta love all this great new Hip-Hop music being released on the newly formed Self Serve Records out of Canada.

Producer Mosaic teams up with Detroit rapper Frank Nitt (of Frank and Dank) to bring you an eclectic sit-back-relax single titled “Go Slow”. It’s our pleasure to premiere this track on the site and let it be known Mosaic got beats. We don’t even have to tell ya’ll about sir Nitty getting gritty on the mic. Right!?!!

With cats like Moka Only, Dudley Perkins, Frank Nitt and Illa J as a part of their catalog, this upcoming label is of to a great start. Grab the new single Go Slow at the Self Serve Bandcamp page.

Slum Village
12.05.15

I am sure a lot of you have been waiting for Slum Village to return with some brand new material. Good news, your prayers have been answered…SV is back.

Today a fresh new cut called “Expressive” released on the group’s Soundcloud page and this for my sexy ladies from all around the world. And you know we love sexy women (you better tell ’em BJ The Chicago Kid)! Icing on the cake is Jay Dee’s younger brother Illa J, who’s been making quite some noise again lately. It is said he has another solo album in the works releasing later this year on Bastard Jazz.

Slum Village’s single is taken from the forthcoming album titled “YES” which will be released June 16th.

Moka Only
07.05.15

We have a dope new track from Moka Only called “Freak Ya Heart Out” featuring Illa J that we’d like to introduce to you.

This is the first single from Moka Only’s forthcoming “Chicken Wingz” album that’s dropping tomorrow. It will be the first full-length release from the newly formed Self Serve Records from Vancouver, that released a hot one from AstroLogical last week. Next week the label is releasing Frank Nitt’s upcoming single “Go Slow” produced by Mosaic and you can expect a lot more things to come very soon!

Visit the Self Serve Bancamp page to pre-order Chicken Wingz and folllow Self Serve on Soundcloud while you’re at it.

Oddisee
07.05.15

Now Oddisee is one of the hardest working MC’s we have ever met and we are excited for him that he has released his new album earlier this week.

The D.C.-born lyricist/producer started Diamond District together with yU and XO and has musically matured a lot over the past few years. On his sophomore album, “The Good Fight“, he sings on the chorus quite often and the whole vibe is less boom bap and more eclectic, making this more accessible then his previous projects.

With age comes wisdom and we like this layered style of making music. For the world needs more artists with a mature way of thinking like Oddisee. The main cut on here for us is “Contradiction’s Maze” featuring Maimouna Youssef, but really the whole album is a must listen. Available on 2xLP vinyl and digitally via iTunes as well.

Dizz1
06.05.15

Dizz1‘s latest “Get ‘Em Up” EP is a mere taste of bigger things to come later this month. For Dave’s debut full-length album, “In Sickness & In Health”, is set to be released May 25th on Tru Thoughts.

Instant favorite on here is the track “What You Want” featuring Killbot Kindergarden & Frank Nitt. We had to play some of this on our radio show a while back, but the album has lots more to offer. There will be several collaborations with Frank (no Dank), Aloe Blacc, Om’Mas Keith and Hip-Hip giants such as Sadat X and Tame One (Artifacts).

There is a blue 12” vinyl record available of Get Em Up, which previews some cuts from Australian master of low end Dizz1 and two remixes from Danny Breaks and DJ Manny’s. Grab some wax here or snatch up the digital files on Dizz1’s Bandcamp page.

Reminisce
22.04.15

To most it is no surprise that the French producer we know as Evil Needle is heavily influenced by nineties Hip-Hop music.

He is known for his crystal-clear, luminous sounds which most praise him highly for. On his latest album, entitled “Reminisce“, he delivers what you’d expect. Titty tight beats, sounding crispy as f*ck. Some might say it’s the usual recipe, but I’m still snacking away on all 11 songs myself at the moment.

I remember Evil Needle telling me he started messing around with making his drums sound live. Over the years it seems he has mastered this quite well as you can hear on tracks such as “Lullaby”. One of the reasons I still love this sound, is because I’m a sucker for downtempo melodic joints that gently brush the ear. “Sunday Morning” is the perfect example and like we say…shit is simply vibin’.

Reminisce marks his 3rd release with HW&W following “Equilibrium” & “Qualia” and only features JSMN on vocals. It’s big, it’s bad and it’s well worth it, so pick up a digital copy right here.

Illa J Strippers
13.04.15

Without even knowing the new single Illa J is exactly what we’ve been waiting for! The song called “Strippers” was produced by Potatohead People and Kaytranada and is taken from Illa J’s forthcoming self-titled solo album.

When you go from ‘pimp put on muscle from macking that hoe’ to a smooth line like ‘this one is for the ladies’, you know crack me the hell up. Personally I think J owns this joint and the production is simply bananas. By far one of the best Hip-Hop cuts I’ve heard this month! Oh and big up to all the strippers shakin’ their tail feathers.

Look for the album to drop this Fall on Bastard Jazz, but until then cop the single right here.