Category archive: Hip Hop

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.


Onra Fundamentals

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

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

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

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.


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‘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.