The Journey of an Ambivert. The L.A. beat scene is made up of a sprawling collective of musicians cross-pollinating that has drastically reworked the idea of what it means to make beats within (and without) the hip-hop tradition.
The lyrical technician delivers again. Ivan Ave’s usual partner in crime is MNDSGN, and together they are an eclectic pair, but this time round he joins forces with Kaytranada and Kiefer aka KiefDaddySupreme.
“Examples,” the 28-track album by Eric Lau, is his third instrumental album, a veritable tapestry of vibes, ranging through Hip Hop, Soul, Jazz, Funk & Brazilian beats.
Jimetta Rose finds her inner warrior on her new album with Georgia Anne Muldrow. Beginning her journey of maturation at the heart of the Los Angeles music tradition, Jimetta Rose tackles a need for clarity through love in her mini-LP “The Light Bearer.
Lost for decades, South African band Batsumi, self-titled album finally see’s the light of day. Recorded in 1974 in Soweto, “Batsumi” is an intriguing, rousing reminder of the inventive styles that flourished in apartheid-era South Africa
A compilation of underground’s best hip-hop and soul curated by Sofie Fatouretchi. “Sofie’s SOS Tape” is a compilation of underground’s best hip-hop and soul curated by Sofie Fatouretchi, one of the original crew of Boiler Room.
Get ready for a breathtaking musical journey. “Wisdom of the Elders” was recorded in Johannesburg in 2015 on one of many trips Shabaka Hutchings took there to immerse himself in the country’s rich musical heritage. The album is a psalm in nine parts.
Words by Jeremy Sole (KCRW, theLIFT, Le Frique Sonique) Never have I met a man with the creative momentum of Anthony Valadez.
“Threesome” – Album number three, conceived in three different studios around the world, by the three-headed love monster which is Buttering Trio.
Jazz’s interstellar voyager’s “Singles” catalogue finally see’s the light of day. Strut present a new definitive collection of singles released by jazz maverick Sun Ra during his Earth years, spanning 1952 to 1991.
Nicolas Morant is a curious and versatile musician. At first trained as a child to classical music through the learning of the flute, he opens into new artistic languages as jazz or electronic music within several different bands or projects.
Slugabed & Ed Scissor are ‘Greg & Ed.’ “Feed Em Freedom” is a collaborative extended player from 2 stylish young adults named Greg (a.K.A. Slugabed) and Ed (a.K.A. Ed scissor). Greg makes the beats, and Ed makes the raps.
‘This is a journey into sound…’ These familiar words, accompanied by the rumble of a distant train, signal the opening of “Let’s Take A Trip“, the sophomore album from Terrel Wallace aka Tall Black Guy.
Mndsgn adorns Joyce Wrice & Kay Franklin’s ‘Rocket Science’ with a rush of synths and Rhodes and timeless ’80s r&b, all here for your summer dial.
Rhythm Section International Presents. Four years ago a banger with the name of “Spark up the phillies“ was brought to our attention, quite possibly through listening to one of the homie, Paul Pre’s mixes.