::Thesis Sahib - Loved Ones LP (Clotheshorse Records) Canadian avant-rapper/artist Thesis returns with an album, impossible to summarize. The beats have a wonderful bounce to them and could keep the 30-track album going forever. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::Cosmo Baker + DJ Ayres - Scion Sampler v15 Compilation (Scion Audio/Visual) Scion releases another genre-busting comp, mixed by The Rub Crew's Cosmo and Ayres. Bringing tracks from the US, France and the UK (+ others) in the form of hip-hop, funk, art-rock...What you have,is a highly danceable mix you should take credit for. LISTEN HERE
::John Robinson - The Leak Edition Vol.2 LP (Shaman Work Recordings) Lil' Sci (of Scienz of Life) returns with a highly collaborative album released on his label, Shaman Work. This pre-empts another solo effort he has on deck, with sole production from Mf Doom.
::Belief - Dedication LP (Worker B Records) Bi-coastal producer, Belief drops a solid debut complete with guests Vordul,C-Rayz,Wordsworth,Murs and AG. The samples build seamlessly throughout the production, and steering clear of repetitive choruses, this will definitely get continued play. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::The Beyonders (PhoenixOrion+Paranorml) - Time Capsule LP (Nonfikshen Records)
MCs Phoenix Orion and Paranorml join forces with producer Toby Tones in this futuristic hip-hop saga. Featuring Radioninactive,Jizzm,Avatar and Canibus.
::Baseheadz ft. Kev Brown - Hiphop 12" Single (Mental Recordings) One of the hottest producers around collaborates with Bassheadz (solo project of Satiesh Mathera) for a keyed out, new soul track. For fans of hip-hop, soul, jazz and downtempo. How a 12" single should be. It includes a radio edit, an extended version, instrumentals and 3 remixes.
::Sohcahtoa - Sacrifices Slumber LP (Self-Released) Some slowly moving but highly compelling post-rock tangent.
::Billy Prince Bonnie & Tortoise - Coaster (LP) (Overcoat Recordings) A collection of covers from Wil Oldham and Tortoise. Overlooked by myself after the first listen, but months later, it's become a favorite.
: October 2006:
::X:144 and SPS - m.e. LP (Nonsense Records) An impressive album that rocks from the get-go. Filled with energy, the raps by X:144 are matched by SPS's production and some of the best turntable work I've heard...
::DL Incognito - Organic Music For A Digital World LP (URBNET Records) The kind of tracks that could have mass appeal. Solid production and some nice lyrics. Good stuff.
::izu - Going Salamander LP (Highpoint Lowlife) Deranged synths and pounding broke beats keep it interesting.
::Marshall Watson- Math and Other Word Problems LP (Highpoint Lowlife) An understated journey thru leftfield electronics/melodica. Warm synths and glitchy atmospherics join the album together...
::subVariant Recordings - SUBVARITRAX (v/a) (subVariant Recordings) A wonderful selection of experimental electronic music, melodic idm, minimal techno, you know, stuff like that. Tracks by Quantazelle, Quench (Funckarma), Ochre, Tim Koch, edIT, Kero, Matthew Mercer and others.
Listen to samples HERE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::Quantazelle - Coaster (LP) (subVariant Recordings) Spacey, melodic idm sputters and skips thru the speakers. A fun listen.
: August 2006:
::Earmint - Another Early Evening LP (EV Records) A strong first album from producer, Earmint. Some large beats that never get tired. Guests include PSALM One, Diverse, Overflo, Illogic, Murs, Anacron and many others... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::The Philistines Present: Free The P (Vol.1)(v/a) (FreeTheP)
A compilation of Hip-Hop and spoken word including Immortal Technique, the Visionaries, The N.O.M.A.D.S, and many others. Proceeds go to Slingshot Hip-Hop, a documentary film about Palestinian rappers living in Gaza, West Bank and Israel.
::ABCDEFG - Dominoes and Dice LP (Self-Released) Gershwin BLX's producer puts together a beat album with more samples than you could imagine. Sometimes laid back, sometimes funky. Always thumping.
::Cut Chemist The Audience's Listening LP (WB) Jurassic 5's former producer locks an 'Album of the Year' spot. Some sweet summertime instrumentals and a couple vocal tracks featuring Hymnal, Edan, Mr. Lif... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::Jern Eye - Authentic Vintage LP (NatAural High)
Lunar Heights member drops an impressive solo effort. Complete with production by himself, Dj Vinroc, Doc phil and others....'Power Animal' (production by Nick Andre) is the jam. I only wish the production was more cohesive throughout the album...
::Benyomen - Headphones Hum and Spraycans Rattle LP (ophotn)
Quality home brewed Hip-Hop..majority of production handled by Offbeat.
::Cleen - Old Man Winter LP (ophotn)
Keeping a tight flow the disc, Cleen tells you a little about his life. Mix in some frantic sampling and some humor...
::SoberMinded - Points, Thoughts and Stories LP (ophotn) Noneuclidean and Offbeat form the group, but most of the crew makes an appearance. Pretty mellow, pensive mood. With some wicked drums.
::Banana Nine - Special Composed Vehicle LP (ophotn) The most experimental LFTB member, his flow combines stream of conciousness and rapid fire double time (or maybe triple).
: June-July 2006:
::Polyphonic - Abstract Data Ark LP (Audio8 The influences come from many places but come together as some the most excting production around. A little off kilter, micro-sliced hip-hop with large chunky procussion, oh, and add electronic and dub acents. Vocal additions by Serengeti, Nico B, PSALM One and others... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::Dday One / Dextah - Split 7" (Content Label) The 1st in Content's 7" series. Two sample-based producers rockin' some fabulous instrumentals. Limited to 500, handnumbered. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::24Seven Records presents Tropic Zone Swap (v/a) (24SevenRecords) A nice compilation of Hip-Hop from the LA underground and Sweden. Ab Rude, Radioinactive, LMNO, D-DAy One, Ellay Khule and others rep the west coast... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::Astronautalis - The Mighty Ocean & Nine Dark Theaters LP (Fighting Records) Astronautalis and producer Radical Face rock some wicked electro folk hop. A perfect companion piece to Why?'s Elephant Eyelashes and Ceschi's They Hate Francisco False albums. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
::Rushya (Ancient Mith + XNDL) - Modern Day McCarthy LP (Ponowai Flora)
German Producer, XNDL and rocky mountain mc, Ancient Mith work a long-distance collab. You would've never guessed they weren't in the studio together. Anthemns for the future, if we make it.
::Butterfly Toungz - Adversity LP (Madd Lab) A quality throwback to the good ole days when the rappers smiled. Sub-One and Dj Germ make up the group, take a listen below.
(Butterfly Toungz Site)
(BUY THEIR ALBUM)
An experiment with twists of house, post-rock, and electro-smash from the musician Julian Grefe. Packaged in a nicely designed digipak...
: May 2006:
::Nonsense Records - You're Not Paying Attention (v/a) (Nonsense Records) Nonsense continues to drop some of the best independent hip-hop. Digital-only release, check it out on iTunes.
::Demune - Crossbreeding and Grafting LP (Ponowai Flora)
If aliens brought hip-hop to our planet, it would probably sound like this. Demune is one of the strangest mc's out there, but talented nonetheless. Featuring Ancient Mith, the Mole, Benyomen and others.
::recyclone + soso - stagnation and woe LP (Clotheshorse Records)
Soso adds some mechanical crunch to his beats for this collab with mc, Recyclone.
::Groundsound Vega - Reinstate LP (Self-Released) Remixes of your favorite of the golden era including Blackmoon, wu-tang, pete rock and cl, nas, casual and more...all remixed with a blast of original, thumping broke beats and twisted synths.
::Reminder - Continuum LP (Eastern Developments) A wild journey through the spacious mind of Joshua Micah Abrams. An unfamiliar name that's worked on projects very dear to myself (the Roots, 'Organix' and Sam Prekop's latest solo record).
::Jermiside & Brickbeats - The Red Giants LP (Rip.Smash Recordings)
Real nice experimental hip-hop, with electronic influences and the most progressive mc's around...Featuring Curse ov Dialect,The Whyknows (Existereo & Innaspace), Name Science (Inoe Oner & Sach), Bleubird, Subtitle,Donkishot,and Maitre Vitalis.
Canada's Epic joins forces with Belguim's Nomad (of Caveman Speak). The quality you'd expect from ClotheshorseRecords.
::Ceschi - They Hate Francisco False LP (Net31 Recordings) One of those albums you just have to hear. Words could not credit the talents of Ceschi, whether it's rapping, singing, or composing. Ceschi plays a tons of instruments, and then there's more instruments played by friends.
Check out an MP3 here
::Pyromantic - Blood Tornado LP A collaborative effort from Hyena (from the NW supercrew, Oldominion) and BrokenKlutch (of the Northeast's collective, Komadose. A truly powerful piece of work, honest and devastating. More Info
::Grouse - We Want To Be Loved LP (Barfly Records) A surprisingly diverse album ranging from loungey downtempo to spacey drum n' bass. Also, a lot of live instrumentation that fills out the Grouse sound nicely. The album only gets better with each songs showing more range, while staying focused. All well-produced and cohesive throughout the entire album. Grouse's site
: February 2006:
::Radical Turf Presents First Disguised as Last Compilation (Radical Turf)
A wonderfully eclectic compilation of electro pop , broken beat electronics, and everything in between. Definitely for the curious.
::Davu and Eyamme - The Sun Do Move LP (Dove Ink Records) Every once in awhile I hear an independent album, so cohesive and profesional, I can't believe I never would have heard this if it didn't end up in my mailbox. Vocals by Davu, production by Eyamme.
::Omni - Ballyhoo LP (Ariel/KSD) L.A. emcee and Gershwin BLX member drops his most excting album yet with the help from Mikah9, Fatlip, Wildchild, Luckyiam.psc of Living Legends and many others. Omni's site
::Sankofa - Still Means Something LP (Obese America) Sankofa teams up with Fangface to drop a nice, little album.