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:: BRAILLE
:: ORPHAN
:: DJ MAYONNAISE
:: JOHN SCHMERSAL of Enon
:: DAEDELUS
:: FUNKSTORUNG
:: SANKOFA
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:: JOHN SCHMERSAL of Enon
:: DAEDELUS
:: FUNKSTORUNG
:: SANKOFA
:: CAVEMEN SPEAK
:: DJ NATURAL
:: ESCAPE ARTISTS
:: NOMAR SLEVIK
:: JOHN TSUNAM
:: MUM'S THE WORD
:: MAKER
:: D-DAY ONE
:: D-DAY ONE

 
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: November 2005:
Recommendations
::(v/a) Life Before 40 LP
(Low Life Records)

An essential compilation of the UK's finest hip-hop. Low Life was started by Braintax in 1992 and has released gems by Jehst, Rodney P, Task Force, Skinnyman and many others. Not too mention they also run some of nicest package design around, and this one is no different : Tri-fold, cardboard case with silver embossing and inserts. Plus bonus mix cd by Kam.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Dday One - Loop Extensions LP
(Content Records)

An exceptional hip-hop album, almost entirely instrumental. Crafted from the jazz and soul of the past, but given a new breath of it's own. The track 'Unstable Material 2' features Existereo, Subtitle, Awol One and Metfly and is also available on the Offbeats 2.0 Compilation on Subversiv (who is also releasing a CD version of this album soon)
Check out an interview with Dday HERE

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Qwel & Jackson Jones - Dark Day LP
(Galapagos4)
Damn, time flies. This is already Qwel's 4th solo album. Combining the wit, cadence, and relevence we've all grown to love, Qwel and Jones craft quite a moving album.
Listen to an MP3 from the album
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Stick Figures - Stick Figures LP
(Galapagos4)
Robust and Prolyphic team up to release a simple little hip-hop album. No skits or concepts, just some serious rapping and some quality production.

: September 2005:
Recommendations
::Outerlimitz - Suicide Prevention LP
(Galapagos4)
Chicago crew consisting of Qwazaar (of Typical Cats), Silence and He.llsent drops their 1st official release. Silence's unique brand of production booms in a new way. No looped breaks here, hypnotic low ends are complimented perfectly by the heavy drum sequencing. A breath fresh air in the land of copy cats.
Listen to an MP3
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Skyrider - Master of Deception 7"
(Endemik Music)
This is the kind of genre-defying release we love here at erasoul. Originally appearing on Skyrider's debut album '47:34', 'Masters of Deception' was reworked for this release, featuring singer/song writer Jim Wurster in a post-folk anthemn with political leanings. On the reverse side, Odd Nosdam (of Anticon/Clouddead) remixes Skyrider's 'No Good' into a swirling soundscape.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Moshe - Tending To The Sheep LP
(Milled Pavement)
Northeast Producer Moshe makes one serious album, full of thumping beats and lots of mcs. When the drums stray from repetition, this gets real interesting. Guests includ : jdWalker, dj mayo, nomar slevik, Bread, and many others.
Listen to an MP3 from the album
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Moshe - Miles Away Remix EP
(Milled Pavement)
Remixes of 'Miles Away' by KGB, Agent8, Mike Clouds, J.Hjort, and Vela Uniform. Also included is the epic posse cut 'Helping People (Is Cool)' featuring Nomar Slevik, K-the-I???, Sontiago and Syn the Shaman
Listen to an MP3 of 'Helping People'

::J-Live - The Hear After LP
>(Penalty Recordings)
One of the most respected artists (both producer and lyricist) in Hip-Hop returns with his 3rd full-length, 'The Hear After'. 'Brooklyn Public Part 1' and 'Weather the Storm' come through as the strongest tracks, bringing together a theme and style.
: August 2005:
Recommendations
::soso - tenth street and clarence LP
(ClothesHorseRecords)
soso continues to quietly make some of the most beautiful and personal hip-hop, both lyrical and instrumental. Don't even think about coming to a conclusion before listening to this album. some MP3s
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::BrokenKlutch - Marilyn Mayce 2" EP
(Organic Plague)
An imaginary (hip-hop) collaboration with Marilyn Manson. But it's good. This really must be heard, to appreciate.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Rajbot - Modern Complaints LP
(Spacement Records)
Raj is more creative than you. Lo-fi instruments, bright and shiny breaks, and a little glitch and noise. But not experimental,just to be experimental, there's some serious melody and structure. Apart from producing his own beats, he can also rap quite nicely. Part scientist, part political satirist, but never too serious. Catch up.
Listen to an MP3 from the album
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Rajbot and Aamir - Split 7"
(Spacement Records)
The A-side showcases Raj on the production and vocals and on the flipside, Aamir of the Escape Artists rips over K-the-I??? beat. Nice screenprinted covers, very limited edition. Support the independent.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Hood - Outside Closer LP
(Domino)
I forgot to mention this album before, so I can't leave it out this month. I don't know what I like about this album the most, but it's got a lot more going on then their previous material. The space is compact, the melodies skip, vocals sweep within strings. Easily one of my favorite albums this year.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
: July 2005:
Recommendations
::Maker - Shooting the Breeze LP
(Galapagos4)
Maker does his thing without any mcs. A downtempo wet dream, never falling into a stagnant beat.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Shaman Work Presents : The Family Files Vol.2 LP
(Shaman Work)
A compilation of progressive artists including Emanon, MF Doom, Wale Oyeljide, Scienz of Life and many other round out this necessary comp. Mixed and Sequenced by Soul Brotha Tabone for Rell Events.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::The Crest - Skeptik LP
(Uprising Records)
The first Nationally Released album from this MN group impresses from the start. The simple recipe of fresh beats, rhymes and cuts is cooked up nicely.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Voice - Mediocre/LA Contradiction 12" EP
(Public Transit Records)
Surely, an mc on the rise, Voice puts together a super 3-Song 12" with beat coming from Mr. Murray of Da Grassroots and Canadian producer, Moonstarr.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Sick Symphonies - Sickside Stories LP
(Paladin SuperCompany)
The lasted chapter in the saga of Psycho RealmA call to action for the indifferent masses. Available in Late July.

::The Lenzmen - Scientific Community and Magnify Lenz LP (Dynamica Music)
Long Island crew back with a space scientific concept album. Click abouve to check there site.

: June 2005:
Recommendations

::DiVinci - Lost Recordings 2000-2004 LP
(Nonsense Records)
An awesomely spastic beat album. Using a couple MPC's, DiVinci (Producer of Sol.illaquists) takes IDM and Jungle influences and make hip-hop beats for the future. If you enjoy the programming of Jel and Dangermouse, you'll like this.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Mutamassik - Masri Mokkassar : Definitive Works LP
(Sound Ink)
A compilation of this Egyptian born DJ / Producer whose instrumentals blend the rhythms of world music, hardstep syncopation and the East Coast hip-hop head-nod.

::Recyclone - Corroding the Dead World LP
(Clothes Horse Records)
The re-release of 2 essential recordings from the Halifax MC. Features early beats from Sixtoo and Graematter, and an exclusive track with Pip Skid and remix of "set Fires". Visit Recyclone's site HERE
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Thing-One - ...Miles From the Road LP
(Rhythm Method Records)
A swinging, live hip-hop band that sticks to the basics. Masterful instrumentation and throw-back lyricism should solidify this band's place in music.Visit Thing-One's site HERE

::Tru-Paz - State of Emergency LP (URBNET)
A real dope Hip-Hop album, laced with nice, earthy beats with a range of vocals including rapping, singing, and some ragga chants. Quality stuff, for sure.

::Chief Kamachi and the Juju Mob - Black Candles LP
(Good Hands/Eastern Conference)
Another dope album that might get over-looked.

: April 2005:
Recommendations

::The Exposures - Lost Recordings 2000-2004 LP
(Eastern Developments)
You'll immediately know why this is released on Prefuse 73's EastDev label. The start-stop melodies and micro slice compositions do not even hint at the origin of the music. Hired in the 70's by a large German TV company, these 3 composers crafted the sound of the station. Not what you would expect at all.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Fast Breakin' Classics - Heist City LP
(Positronic Records)
A live hip-hop band with some good energy and some serious instrumentation. Visit them HERE

::Prostitute Karaoke - Volume 1 12" EP
(Audio 8 Recordings)
A hip hop quartet brought together by producer, Polyphonic. Sunn the Sarkastic adds laided back vocals over deep bumps seasoned by Flesh O.N.E. scratching and flute and clarinet work by AM Overtone. Also check out this group's first appearance on Dolce Stil Nuovo's 'Infrastructure'.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Pugslee Atomz - Playing With Matches LP
(Audio 8 Recordings)
The Nacrobat's founder's 3rd full length listens like a whirlwind. Maybe sounding a little busy at times, but still better than most everything I hear. Also, check out the Vandal Squad 12" featuring Seel Fresh and DJ Intel. Priduction by Polyphonic, Credo, Maker, and others.

::Benyomen - The Circles In Which We Walk LP (ophotn)
Some more dope material from the Life For the Better crew....Peep them HERE

::Art I Miss - Self Titled LP
(Broke Pockets)
Toronto's Art and CT's Optimus Pryme join forces to create a future hip-hop album. Nice work.

::Blak Twang ft. K9 - Ghetto Children Sex Education 12" Single
(Bad Magic/Wall of Sound)
A well done track with a good message. This is needed now, more than ever. Not preachy, so don't be scared. Taken from the new album, The Rotten club.

: March 2005:
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Recommendations

::Escape Artists - EA3 LP
(Beyond Space)
These guys keep raising the bar. Another incredible release from Ahmuse, XCZ and Aamir. Guests include 2mex, Radioinactive, Thesis and OD contributes a beat.
escapingart.com: Listen to samples and Buy It
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Tunnel Clones - Concrete Swamp LP
(Hemphix)
On the Memphix sub-label, this release will undoubtedly bring the deserving attention to this Mephis trio.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Edan - Beauty and the Beat LP
(Lewis Recordings)
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Deep Thinkers - Necks Move LP
(Datura)

A serious head-nodder. Guests include Approach, Mac Lethal, and others.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

: February 2005:
Recommendations

::Amon Tobin - Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory Original Soundtrack
(Ninja Tune)
The first proper soundtrack to a video game. Expect to hear a lot about this. Expect Moby to make a lame attempt by year's end.

Available February 7th.

Click here for samples
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::soso - The Goose Hunter pt1&2 7"
(Clothes Horse Records)

Easily some of the best instrumental hip-hop I've heard in a long time. Just, buy it. Limited Edition of 500 hand signed and numbered, cover art by Tamara Bond.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

HipHop Other Sounds
::Sage Francis - A Healthy Distrust LP
(Epitaph)
Sage knew what he wanted from this album, and did it. His most cohesive and developed work to date. An exclusive list of producers headed by Alias, DangerMouse, Sixtoo, Controller 7, Joe Beats and Reanimator. Also, a complete lyric book and artwork included.

Watch out for the 12" Single for Sea Lion featuring Wil Oldham. Also included is a remix featuring Sal Williams.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Copperpot - Chapter 7 LP
(EV Productions)
A very dope, unassuming album. You probably won't hear too much about this, but you should. Featuring EdO.G, Diverse, Mr.Complex, PaceWon, and UK's Braintax.

MP3 Samples Here: HERE and HERE :Copperpot website

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Malkovich Music - Skeletons LP
(grogworld)
A nice solo effort by Malkovich, a founding member of LA's Gershwin BLX. Solid lyrics and good production make it worthwhile...

::Butch Cassidy Sound System - Rockers Galore 7"
(Soma)
The latest installment from Michael Hunter. This Limited Edition 7" on bright blue wax continues in his authentic Reggae throwbacks.

:January 2005:
Download a FREE MP3 from the new Quasimoto project HERE
via Stonesthrow Records
: December 2004 - January 2005:
Streaming Videos in conjunction with BigDada
Roots Manuva - "Colossal Insight"
(BigDada)

For the first single from his forthcoming album, "Awfully Deep," Rodney Smith aka Roots Manuva takes one of his trademark body-swerves and reminds us just who the boss is when it comes to innovative, original and straight up catchy music.

Check out the Windows Media HERE

Check out the Real Media HERE

Also, the deadline for the "Witness" Remix competition deadline is January 17th!

Recommendations

HipHop Other Sounds
::Beyond Space Presents: Vol 1 LP
(Beyond Space)
An incredible compilation of progressive artists including Anticon and the Shapeshifters, Adverse, Tadow, Emynd, and Ognihs. All killer tracks.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::k-the-i??? - "fair weather under the surface negitive" EP
(Beyond Space)
All self-produced, self-written. This guy is doing lots of exciting things, don't miss out.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Ceschi - Fake Flowers LP
(Beyond Space)
From the Anonymous Inc member, comes a unique album. Mix some high speed rapping, kitchen sink production, and Latin interludes. It's a lot to take in.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Mum's the Word - Constant Elevation LP
(Grey Label Recordings)
Never too concerned with constructing the typical hip-hop. Mum's has always made the beats different. Splintered drums fly within uneffected strings and horns. Featuring AbRude,Living Legends,BrotherAli, Busdriver,SenimSilla, and Mikah9.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Check an older Video with Mum's and LMNO HERE

::Sound Ink - Colapsus Compilation
(Sound Ink)
A wonderful collection of sounds combining Middle Eastern rhythms, modern electronica, and abstract lyricism. MCs include M Sayyid of Anti-Pop Consortium, MF Doom, Kurious, King Ghidra, Divine Styler. Some of the producers include King Honey, Heat Sensor, Max Bill, dj mutamassik, u.n.i and john tejada.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Viktor Vaughn -
Vaudeville Villain LP and 12"

(Sound Ink)
MF Doom returned again, as someone else, with someone else's production. Beats by RJD2 and the Sound Ink crew...

::After Them! - Demo CD-R
(AfterThem)
Some great offbalance garage funk rock noise. Download their music for free at their site.

::Heat Sensor - Touch EP
(Sound Ink)
A real unique electronic sound, never reveals it's origins. Reminded me of the John Herndon's electronic work (Grape Dope). Lyrics by M.Sayyid and Kamachi, Remix by Apani B.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

::Mutamassik - logic memory center LP
(Sound Ink)
Wordly percussion meets out of this world programming and lyrics by 4th Pyramid.

::Thomas Fehlmann - lowflow LP
(plugresearch) A downbeat album by The Orb's floating member, Thomas Fehlmann. Also some co-production with Dabrye. Made me wish they had done the whole album together.

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