The man behind Lightspeed Champion shows his new sound. It's been described as 'Smooth-Fi"...it's certainly smooth and a little RnB'y.
::Danny Brown- XXX LP (Fool's Gold Records)
Unapologetic, harsh, hilarious and really fucking talented. Light on the hooks, simple on the beats, Danny rips hard in many different ways. A must listen.
::Serengeti- Friends and Family LP (Anticon Records)
: June 2011:
::Xczircles/Aamir - Swan Song/Quiet After the Storm Double Album (Ooohh! Thats Heavy Records)) Always consistent, always dope. Xczircles and Aamir (from the Escape Artists) drop a double album continuing in their legacy of thoughtful, melancholy and memorable hip-hop. Features a who's who of LA's finest and new school killers. Including Aceyalone, mikah9, awol1, k-the-i???, Ceschi, Mike Ladd.
(BUY THE CDs)
::Sadistik + Kid Called Called Computer - The Art of Dying LP (Clockwork Gray/Best Kept Records)
::Dreas - Long Day's End LP (HearDrums Records)
Some sweet molasses downtempo from Chicago producer Dreas. Do not operate heavy machinery while under the influence of this record. Recommended if you dig: 9Lazy9, Egadz, Maker.
(SAMPLE + BUY THE CD)
: July 2009:
::Bike For three! - More Heart Than Brains! LP (Anticon Records) A long distance collab between the Canadian indie rap hero Buck65 and Belgian-based electronic producer JoŽlle Phuong Minh LÍ (Greetings From Tuskan). It's surprising that such an experimentalal venture is so well developed.
(Bike For Three! on MySpace)
::The Lone Wolf (Sum and Belief Are... LP (Worker B Records)
The hugely overlooked producer, Belief teams up with Southern rapper, Sum who spits calmy over some raw beats...
(The LoneWolf on MySpace)
::Discovery - LP LP (XL Recordings)
Two guys from Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot, give indie electro pop a shot. A little cheesy at moments, and then I stopped worrying and embraced the vocoder.
: April 2009:
::Git Beats - Say Cheeze! LP (UsedWax) Putting together one of the deepest rosters of guest mcs, producer Git Beats proves he deserves them all. Including Raekwon, Goretex, Ladybug Mecca, Prince Po, Rock and many others...
(Git Beats on MySpace)
::The Counterparts - Appetizer LP (self-released)
Some nice feel good hip-hop. Keeping it simple- fresh beats, rhymes and cuts. (The Counterparts on MySpace)
::E Reece & Core Elements - L.I.S.n 2 This Live.In.Studio. LP (E Reece Music) Channeling the eneregy of the live band, E Reece entertains...
(E Reece on MySpace)
::Pomegranates - Everybody, Come Outside! LP (Lujo Records)
Delightful indie pop. Psychedelic, bright and shimmering guitars lay sheets around the echoing vocals.
(Pomegranates on MySpace)
::Kaman Leung - Lacrimal LP (sef-released) The synth lines of dark jungle mixed with dubbed out melodies and some hard drums. I'm also really feeling the album artwork. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (Kaman on MySpace)
: January 2009:
::M.Fusion - This Solution LP (Nice Records) Producer, M.Fusion has worked with many from the talented Shapeshifters/LA2TheBay crews. This solo project solidifies his stand-alone instrumental abilities. Highly melodic, vintage synth powered symphonies for a post-appocalypse hip-hop horror flick.
(M.Fusion on MySpace)
::Tobacco - F*cked Up Friends (Anticon)
BlackMothSuperRainbow's Tobacco releases his first solo project. His signature synths and vocodered vocals drench the tracks which have the beats moved up in the mix. Featuring Aesop Rock on one song. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::My Dear Disco - Dancethink LP (sef-released) A 7-piece indie dance band from Ann Arbor, Michigan channels a bunch of influences into a strange 80's flashback.
(My Dear Disco Website)
: Nov 2008:
::Yoome - The Boredom of Me. LP (Audio8) Serengeti's latest project matches his spoken word with New Zealand's indie-folk princess, Renee Louise Carafice and Tony Trimm's dreamy and mechanical production. Also featuring Jeff Parker (of Tortoise) and Frankie H. on guitar. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::Dokkemand - HONS! (Other Electricities) Nice broken beat collages featuring many guests. Very successful.
Similar to: Mum, The Notwist, Dabrye. Available December 2nd!
::Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping LP (Polyvinyl) Perverted indie funk madness that I can't stop listening to. After being completely amazed by their 2007 release, 'Hissing Fauna...' it took awhile for this one to grow on me.
::LoDeck & Omega One - Postcards From The Third Rock LP (johnny 23 records/grove attack) LoDeck raps calmly with an undeniable intensity. Featuring C-Rayz Walz,Marq Spekt&Karniege, and Jak Progresso. Artwork by Mars-1
::Talkdemonic - Eyes at Half mast LP (Arena Rock) Swells of drums and viola with acoustic guitar accents make up the hypnotizing sound. The followup to 'Beat Romantic' (a personal favorite) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
: July 2008:
::Mid-Air - Self-Titled LP and Tape Loop EP (self-released) Some nice basement beats. Spastic and dirty is a good thing. Bridging lo-fi, jungle, breaks and more! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::Presto - State of the Art (Concrete Grooves)
Featuring golden-age greats, SadatX, OC, Large Professor, CL Smooth and many others.
Includes a second disc of video.
(Presto on MySpace)
::The Pandas - Solutions LP (sef-released) Spacious ambient-electronic-melodic-Post-rock instrumentals recommended if you enjoy Tortoise, Mogwai, Mice Parade,etc. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
(The Pandas Website)
: May 2008 :
::L.I.F.E Long - Longevity Volume 1.5 LP (Ascetic Music) Stronghold crew member rips a solo record of his own. After being featured on new-classics from Anti-Pop,CanOx, Majesticons and others, L.I.F.E Long proves he can carry an entire album. Featuring Mr. Sinister, Apani B Fly, UG (of Cella Dwellas) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::Sadistik - The Balancing Act (Clockwork Grey Music) I usually can't get through a whole album without growing bored. Not this one. Sadistik's influences (Sage Francis, Atmosphere,etc) are pretty clear, but they're not limiting, just building blocks. Emancipator handles the bulk of the production work, and if you're familiar with his work, you know it's amazing, and this is some of his best. (check out our MP3 page for his Sigur Ros/Mobb Deep mashup). And features from Vast Aire and Mac Lethal will definitely help getting listens.
(Sadistik on MySpace HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::Pink Skull - Zeppelin 3 LP (Free News) Pink Skull follows up their EP with a full-length carnival of electro-indie-dance madness. 14 tracks total, featuring Mirah and a couple remixes. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
: February-March 2008: Back after major technical difficulties !
::Dot TAPE Dot - tomavistas: (selected rarities 2002-2007) LP (Other Electricities) A beautiful warm melding of lo-fi electronics, experimental acoustic and field recordings. This first official release in America is sure to find many new friends. Similar to The Books, Broadcast, Microphones, Morr Music releases... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
: October - November 2007:
::Sontiago - Steel Yourself LP (Endemik Music) Hailing from the great Northeast, Sontiago has created a wonderful piece suitable for any environment. Completed with production by Maker and Alias, some vocals from Bleubird, and some help from Dilly Dilly, a talented multi-instrumentalist (who's been touring in Sage Francis' band). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::Soso - Tinfoil on the Window LP (Endemik Music) The Saskatchewan based producer/mc challenges himself once again. This time, opening up the album to collaboration with Maybe Smith, Maki and Scott Da Ros creating a boundary free listen. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::Signal Path - Various Artists Compilation (2xVinyl) (Content Label +Styge Recordings) Some fine instrumental hip-hop ranging in styles. Includes Inner Science, Dday One, Dextah, Vario, Antii Szurawitzki, and many others. Limited Edition of 1000. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::S.K.I.P - Autobiographicology LP (Nonsense Records) Another top notch Nonsense release. S.K.I.P rhymes like a madman, with much more insight. Sol.illaquists' Swamburger produces some wonderfully original beats to round out the album. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::M.I.A. - Kala LP (XL Recordings) The record of the summer was released after the summer. It's a shame.
: July 2007:
::Omni - Batterie LP (Natural High) L.A. emcee and Gershwin BLX member drops another dope album. Formulated away from home, in Australia with the Obese Records Crew. Production by and BLX's ABCDEFG
::Mr Live - The Bang Theory LP (Ascetic Music) Beats by Earl Blaze (of Antipop Consortium), Ge-ology (Mos Def, Talib, Pharoah Monch...), Stee-Lo (Def Jux), Ves (Apani) and Big Trap. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::Serengeti & Polyphonic- Don't Give Up LP (Audio8) Audio8 keeps it moving with the latest from the Serengeti & Polyphonic...Glitched out, electro-hop madness for the adventurous. Available July 17th. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::Copperpot - WYLA? LP(EV Productions) Featuring Masta Ace, KRS-1, EdO.G, Braintax and members of Tortoise. "Let It go" featuring Truth Enola
"Come Back Home" featuring KRS-1
::Wise Intelligent - The Talented Timothy Taylor LP (Shaman Work Recordings)
Wise Intelligent, of the legendary Poor Righteous Teachers has returned from a 10 year hiatus. You can't tell. It's fresh, check the mp3s...
"Mama Cry" "I'm Him"
::Skipp Whitman- Free Agent LP (self-released)
Some dope throwback joints from the former E3 mc. Album features Skyzoo,Jaysaun,Statik Selektah and others... "Brookline"
::Modus Vivendi Music - presents Vol.2 LP (Modus Vivendi) An international compilation of hot dub-step/drum n bass/minimal house. Including Sanchez Dub,Subatomic Sound System,Sam Sparro and many others. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::Dubsac - featuring The Storytellers LP (Annica Records) Modern dub master, Doctor Echo returns with a live band, The Storytellers.
: April 2007:
::Radical Turf presents- Hello Future? (v/a) (Radical Turf)
Radical Turf brings another crazy compilation to the table, talents from all around, and genres too. Here's to the future!
::Juba Dance - Orange LP (Audio8 Recordings)
Electro indie stylings from producer Polyphonic and Ben Lamar and friends. A refreshing taste.
::CrystalTop Music Presents - Various Artists (v/a) (CrystalTop Music) The Brooklyn label sample of things to come. Electro, blues, minimal electronics, etc. "Blind" by Mega Bass
::VeeBeeO - Instrumentality 12" EP (Mental Recordings) Sweden's Tim Lundblad produces a peculiar brand of instrumental hip-hop. Like cartoon robots in a rainbow factory, battling in slow motion syncopation. Very fun to listen to. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::Time Out PresentsThe Other Side of Berlin by Ellen Allien (CD+DVD) (Deaf Dumb+Blind) Time Out, the famous entertainment guide continues in their series of City explorations via artists through music and video. Got it? Ellen Allien compiles a mix of elctro-minimal-dance. Then, she takes you on a trip thru Berlin's best shopping, dining, sights, nightlife, and the unexpected. Bonus video for her own song "Down". HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::Time Out PresentsThe Other Side of Los Angeles (CD+DVD) (Deaf Dumb+Blind) CD mixed by Madlib, DVD tour of LA by Peanut Butter Wolf...
Bonus videos from Stones Throw artists + and an in-depth interview about the label's history with PB Wolf. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::Tyson Snyder - Die To Pretend LP (Self-Released) With a laid-back flow and some rock infused beats, Tyson delivers a solid 1st album. Also, check out his band
::Doctype - Memoirs of a Nervous Breakdown LP
A mostly instrumental album that kept my head nodding throughout.
::Calm - Anti-Smiles LP
Time and producer Awareness drop their first album together. "Treat Me Like a Villain" by Calm
::Input- Elusive Candor LP(Voicebox)
Quality hip-hop, and a sweet design to go with it.Featuring Astronautalis, Sentence, James Two, and Time.
: February-March 2007:
::Nick Andre + E Da Boss - The Singles 12" (Slept On Records) The A Side features singles off Nick+E's "The Catalog" with mc's Bicasso, Jern Eye and Nebulus. On the B Side - DJ Enki collabs with Lyrics Born and Raashan Ahmad (of Crown City Rockers).
::Philip Morris - Instrumentality LP (Self-Released) A super impressive release from a young mc. This stands out in a stack of blah-blah rappers. Not an instrumental album...Support this dude, buy his album for $8 shipped!
::Serengeti - Noticeably Negro LP (Audio8) Audio8 continues to make it difficult for myself to describe their music. You haven't heard anyone like this one. Dense and schitzo. Animated ,honest and a little bit off. Extra characters include MF Grimm, Juice and many others... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED "Bubble Bath" by Serengeti
::EV Records Presents- Everything (v/a) (EV Records) The title explains it all. A Greatest Hits of sorts for the 6-year old label. Featuring rare collaborations, unreleased gems and glimpses of future releases. Royce 5'9, Diverse, PsalmOne, Longshot, Illogic and many others. "Learn" by One Be Lo + Longshot
"Ain't Goin' Down" by ANG 13
::Luz Mob - Luz Interpretations (LP) (CrystalTop Music) Prounounced 'Loose'. It makes sense now. Luz Mob brings together a family of musicians to interpret some classsic tunes, led by Luz on the reed instruments (+ some tight drum programming). A tremendous effort. For fans of downtempo, jazz, latin swing, dub... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED "The Selector" by Luz Mob
::Jaturn - self-titled LP (Other Electricities) Hissing speakers float in orbit encountering clouds of space junk beats and synths. A lo-fi symphony for the future.
::Dreamies - Program Twelve (The End Is Near) (LP) (Wilmington Studios)
Bill Holt (electronic music/sampling pioneer) presents the world around him by splicing and layering field recordings, tv and radio news clips and original music.