Category archive: Hip Hop

Drew Dave FullCircle
08.01.15

Drew Dave is Hip Hop producer from Alexandria VA/DC Metropolitan who used to go by the name of Soulful!. He resides in the crux of vintage and modern techniques. This guy is faithful to the soul that lives in his Native Instruments Maschine, but he maintains forward vision for live instrumentation and midi-synths.

His upcoming “SynthBASED” album contains live  instrumentation and vocal contributions from rappers Cortez and Kenn Starr and is not just an instrumental Hip Hop album. SynthBASED is a concept album. It’s a soul, kind of jazzy, with some electronic elements, kind of album with the common denominator being that every single track utilizes a synth saw bass. The title derives from that, with the “BASED” just being a play on “bass” and Lil B’s “Based God” ideology.

This album feels like the beginning of Drew Dave really stepping outside of solely sampling. On it he plays with melodies, incorporates live instrumentation and percussion and plays out every bassline. He also does some slight stuff on the keys, and lays subtle harmonies. His good friend Drew Kid plays some additional melodies and chords throughout the album and another dope producer, Charlie Ross from Soular Heights, did the live drums on FullCircle.

This might very well be the reason why on first listen we picked out “FullCircle” and we are glad to premiere it on the site today. That super soulful Fender Rhodes combined with vocal additions clearly inspired by 2pac’s “I Get Around”. Straight banger bruh! SynthBASED is due to release February 24th on Mello Music Group, so in case you like what you hear here’s the iTunes pre-order link.

Conglomerates Wonderful Noise
22.12.14

Wonderful Noise is without a doubt one of our favorite Japanese record labels. They have introduced us to artists such as Electric Wire Hustle, Julien Dyne and Lord Echo.

In 2014 they continue to surprise us with their “Conglomeratescompilation album. Again there’s an obvious link to New Zealand since it was compiled with the help of Julien Dyne. You can enjoy some brand new music from Christoph El’ Truento, Lord Echo, Mara TK, Isaac aesili, Ladi6, Pacific Heights and more. There are also 3 limited edition vinyl records, but I believe these are hard to come by.

If you’re looking for an original Christmas present, we suggest you pick up Conglomerates at your local records shop or order it online at HHV. As far as we know this will not be released digitally, but a CD release should be out soon.

Swarvy Scotch
27.11.14

Upon hearing the first few seconds of Swarvy‘s tremendous track “Carried Away” (freebie alert) this week, we knew we had to get a hold of his forthcoming album as soon as possible.

We have no trouble at all calling this guy Philadelphia’s best kept secret. For this musician slash genius delivers nothing but craziness on his “Scotch” album. For Swarvy’s official debut venture, he links up with bassist Jerry Thompson III and band mate Ryan McKenney. Everything on here is original, sample-free music with heavy 70′s Jazz and Funk influences. FYI..it will be released tomorrow on Chief’s Feelin’ Music imprint.

We’re super excited to exclusive premiere the first track of the album entitled “Kittylitter”. Pre-order now and don’t sleep on the limited (300 copies) vinyl version, which comes with a download card. As if this wasn’t enough, the album contains mind-blowing remixes by MNDSGN (Stones Throw) and Devonwho (All City).

thestand4rd album
05.11.14

When we first heard about thestand4rd‘s track called “Decisions“, we were really feeling this foursome.

Their unique sounds come together nicely and the thestand4rd, consisting of Allan Kingdom, Psymun, Bobby Raps and Spooky Black, seems like a perfect outcome of an exceptional chain of events. Earlier today they released their self-titled debut album. It was recorded at Doc McKinney’s (The Weeknd’s producer) studio in Toronto. Their weird mix between electronic Hip Hop and R&B is as unique as each member’s identity.

Lucky for us the album is a freebie, so go ahead and download it for free. Shouts to Michael Cina for the artwork and please do share, like and repost if you enjoy the music!

Black Milk If There's A Hell Below
04.11.14

From Billie Black, we now take you to a whole other type of black. For Detroit’s Black Milk is back with a new album entitled “If There’s A Hell Below“.

In an era where most people only care about streams, tracks and not so much about albums or purchasing music anymore, Black Milk comes with (you guessed it) a Hip Hop album. What can I say? The dude is still killing it on the production and with features from Pete Rock, Blu, Random Axe and Bun B this is a solid album. Love the “Detroit’s New Dance Show” track and “Story And Her” sounds tremendous too. Love how he still manages to tell his unique story through the making of this album. Yes folks, albums are stories, memories and point of views. More albums in 2015 please…we need them!

Salva Freaking U Starship Connection B. Bravo Teeko Peacemaker
27.10.14

The homie Paulie Salva from San Francisco, moved to Los Angeles a few years ago and he has blown out of proportion ever since.

Salva is about to release “Peacemaker”, a 13-track mixtape that features big names like Young Thug, A$AP Ferg, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs, Problem and more. Instead of electronic music, like we heard on his debut “Complex Housing” album, the focus at the moment is on Hip Hop music. For his new track “I Could Be” Salva called in the help out Bay brothers B. Bravo and Rojai. Both are my dudes and I’m so happy they can share Paul’s succes. Jairo’s raspy voice sounds superb on this cut and sexes it right up! Adam’s funk-influences make this a perfect late night lounge and Rome Fortune is on point with the rhymes.

Looking forward to more of this California sexy oh and thanks to Mixmag for premiering this one!

Jasper Staal Duke Hugh Buttarolls
16.10.14

Another northman who goes by the name of Jasper Staal teams up with fellow Groninger Duke Hugh on the track “Buttarolls“.

While most of Jasper’s productions are Trap-oriented. With Buttarolls, we see a more soulful side with Don Blackman inspired slap bass. The homie Hugo is one of Holland’s best kept secrets. Fatherhood made him grow a belly, but when this guy teams up with Jasper Staal that’s the hook! I heard that Jasper and HughGo are working on a project together, so lets hope there’s more butter in the barrel waiting to be churned.

Shout out to the Darker Than Wax fam for making this one available for free download. Worldwide, we moov!

Scolla Play It Cool Skewby
10.10.14

Scolla is a Cameroonian-American vocalist from Detroit who’d rather “Play It Cool” and be a happy fool instead of a troubled youth.

To commemorate the release of his new OG Cool (Red October Edition) Beanie, Scolla decided to release this song he did together with Skewby from Memphis. The production was done by Mindlabs and iRocksays with additional production by DrewsThatDude.

Nowadays we don’t post that much Hip Hop music anymore, but when the vibe is right and the message is positive it’s all butta. And thankfully this track is available for free download, so go snatch this one up.

Jay Prince Feel It IAMNOBODI
06.10.14

When a Hip Hop joint starts with an IAMNOBODI beat plus Jay Prince chanting ‘this is the latest for the haters’ with his London accent…it’s on.

Jay Prince is quickly proving himself and with his latest collaborative track “Feel It“, he takes another step in the right direction. This is the second song off Prince’s upcoming “BeFor Our Time” EP, which has not release date yet. Alex chops up some delicious horns to give this that jazzy vibe. Though I’m not a fan of all IAMNOBODI’s collaborations with rappers, but in Jay Prince’s case this seems to be a match made in heaven.

The Foreign Exchange Moovmnt's Favs Mix
26.09.14

Next Saturday The Foreign Exchange (Phonte & Nicolay) will be performing in Amsterdam. We thought it would be an awesome idea to squeeze all of our favorite FE related songs into one 50 minute mix.

In our opinion this mix is a great introduction for anyone to get to know The Foreign Exchange. At the same time it’s a recap for the die-hard fans, who’ve been enjoying their music for a decade. Grab a free download of ‘The Foreign Exchange Moovmnt’s Favs Mix‘ or just enjoy it on Soundcloud.

FYI…The Foreign Exchange will be performing at People’s Place (Amsterdam) October 4th, 2014. We’ll be hosting the event so don’t be shy and come enjoy some incredible music with us. There’s still some tickets left, so get yours right now!