We’ve had the pleasure of seeing Diggs Duke perform a few years ago and it became very clear he’s a true musician. He hails from Washington, where he intimately crafted a small collection of tracks, which tell stories about courtship and intimate interactions. On the EP tracks such as “Forever Love Is Tainted” (produced by Jelani Brooks) sound both rough, yet very heartfelt. Definitely one of the best songs on here together with “The Pinnacle“. A song that brings about happiness with ever note.
Duke is a star at blending Hip Hop and Soul rhythms with jazzy grooves and he is a master at keeping it simple. It’s almost like your reading some of his personal notes. Lyrics are very recognizable and simple plus most songs are short and straight to the point. The EP will be out September 1st, but unfortunately the vinyl 12″ is already sold out.
On “Picking Flowers” Shafiq Husayn works with rapper Elsadiq. Last year we heard another song called “Candyland” featuring Bobby Earth, but what about that new Sa-Ra music?!? For now I guess we have to settle for this track of the Delicious Vinyl TV compilation. The crew at DVTV handpicked some of their favorite jams from the DVTV sessions and assembles a mixtape, for your summer listening pleasure. Purchase the compilation on iTunes or stream it on Soundcloud.
Night Marks Electric Trio is a Poland- based trio on whom we have been keeping a close look. Jazz music graduates Marek Pędziwiatr (keys & vocals) and Adam Kabaciński (bass & keys) teamed up with Spisek Jednego (productional chops) in order to create their unique sound. A mix of Hip Hop, Jazz and Electronic music is what flows from their minds and into our ears.
The debut self-titled Night Marks Electric Trio EP is a work of love and features vocalists like AB, Raashan Ahmad, Archeo and comes with a fat remix from IAMNOBODI. Straight bangin’ my head to “High Ground“, which in my opinion is a no brainer neck breaker. The song “Breakfast” reminds me of a seventies Jazz Fusion flute player getting lost in a modern day world. Becoming overwhelmed by all sorts of new rhythms and mysterious sounds, but eventually finding her way back again.
Today marks the digital release on U Know Me Records, with vinyl copies to follow in September. The Night Marks Electric Trio EP also features incredible hand-painted artwork from Radek Drutis, an artist known for his work for Stones Throw and Eglo Records.
On a day like this (sun is shining, people are smiling) we are in need of some fly ass Hip Hop music. Made me realize it’s been quite a long time since we brought some to your ears.
JooseXAGO from Grizzly Michigan is bringing some serious summer feel good vibes on his brand new “Cruise Control” EP. For me the ultimate jam to bump in your ride is “California Girls” produced by Brock Berrigan, but there’s lots more joints on this EP. For instance “Julian” produced by Mozaic and “Black Sand” produced by Sango. Purchase JooseXAGO’s EP on the AGO Music Bandcamp page.
Hobo Truffles is a worldwide producer collective and netlabel founded by Robot Orchestra and Shuffle Jack.
With their latest “Ode To Delia” compilation they pay tribute to Delia Derbyshire and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. In addition to the sampling aspect, they incorporated the Radiophonic Workshop’s overall approach towards creating and manipulating sounds. In the late 1950′s the members Radiophonic workshop crafted beautiful futuristic sounds with the use of tape-recorders, by cutting up individual notes and manipulating the sounds in various ways. Laying the foundation for rudimentary sampling techniques with very limited equipment.
Melodiesinfonie from Zurich drops the winning track “Galactic Wellness“, but please be sure to check out the rest of the free downloadable compilation as well! Ain’t nothing wrong with a batch of laid back beats to max out to.
Night Marks Electric Trio is releasing “Walk Inside Your Dream” of their upcoming debut EP released on U Know Me. The track features Washington-based vocalist AB who most of you might know from his work with Black Milk and Slum Village.
The Polish trio, heavily influenced by jazz, soul and hip-hop, received worldwide recognition after having released their first single “Glorious Tune” with Raashan Ahmad. Rumor has it that Bilal was so impressed by the Trio after having heared Night Marks Electric Trio during the soundcheck, that he requested promoters to bring him to the venue earlier to be able to see their show.
Their EP also will have a heavy hitting remix from IAMNOBODI on there, but more on that later. Radek Drutis, also known for his covers for Madlib, is responsible for the artwork. Digital release will be in late July and a limited run of 500 vinyl copies are scheduled for early September.
Marc Rapson is a man of many dimensions. This talented jazz pianist with a passion for raw hip hop beats spent the last decade quietly building a following amongst those in the know. This new album is for those people.
On “Dark vs Light” Marc blends lucious hip hop beats with a touch of jazz. Vocally he gets a little help from Liz Elensky (on “Love Is All”) and Replife (on “The Rah Rah”). This is exactly the kind of wonderful music we were expecting from a mind that grew up on Ahmad Jamal and A Tribe Called Quest.
Below you’ll find streams of “From Shadows” and “The Kalimba”, but we suggest you listen to the entire Marc Rapson album on the Expansions Collective Bandcamp page and act accordingly!
So many dope tunes to choose from, but since where Illa J fans we had to go for “Crunch Time”. And when it comes to bangin’ instrumentals “FTJFY” is a facemelter fa sho! Amazing fusion of hip hop, reggae, funk and electronic beats with more guest features from Blu, Stacy Epps, Nick Walker, Rasheeda Ali and Mansool.
Don’t be shy…go ahead and drop those nine bucks, cuz I can name 21 good reasons to purchase Astronote’s album!
Evil Needle & Sivey met in an online beat community many years ago and decided to work on an EP together. It took the guys a while, but after years of communication back and forth, the duo finally managed to complete their “Constructive Interference” EP. Though Evil Needle & Sivey never met in real life there is a certain synergy and the outcome is truly wonderul. Two sounds complimenting eachother so nicely…great job fellas!
I’d describe the EP as soulful electronic beats with a dash of broken beats and a twist of garage influences. Any attempt at discribing the sound seems futile, since it’s mostly genre-defying. Just take a good listen for yourself and purchase from the Soulection Bandcamp page if satisfaction is met!