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Chanes

 Right now I can’t think of a producer I’m more inspired by than Chanes. This cat is cranking out about an EP a month. Writing a post with 3 EP’s is a first for me, and well worth it. I was listening to The Fringe the other day and was like, “this music has mystic hypnotic powers to it because I can’t stop playing it.” Maybe that additional ingredient is passion, love, or determination, but whatever it is it will keep you listening. When I took off on vacation I dropped in Lifted, BCKWDS, and TRNSFXD. It put me in deep thought and was the perfect soundtrack for it. Ever since I’ve been back they are still on heavy rotation. I normally won’t try and put all this good music into one post, but the way it sounds and provokes good vibes you need this in your life. Buy these and also check out Chanes – Renegade Hands on iTunes. BIG thanks to Chanes for being consistent with that good music. This dude’s got a bright future. And another BIG thanks to My man Ben from Insect Records and House Shoes.

RAWS ​- Three (various artists)

RAW - Three

“RAWS is an intimate party held in a small club in Tokyo, where underground beatheads unite. After a live performance by a jazz band which gets recorded, the beatmakers have an hour to chop up the freshly recorded sample, flip it, and make a beat right there on the spot.
RAWS-THREE is the third installment in the RAWS compilation series compiling these incredible creations.”
-Danny Masao Winston

If we don’t start doing this in LA…, man I’m telling you this is dope. You invite a jazz band to play a song with a bunch of beat makers in the room to record it. Then they have them flip, chop, and screw it in an hour. To top it off they put the session out on Band Camp! The idea doesn’t blow my mind, but the level of quality of tracks they cranked out in an hour totally does! I can truly say this is one of my favorite albums/beat tapes/live sessions. This is the 3rd installment of the sessions, and I see they have a final one. I hope that isn’t the last one, so let me brush up on some Japanese and I’ll get back to you on that. Either way this is worth the ¥500 (yen). The music produced from this session makes me want to hop on a flight to Japan and check out a live session at AMP. For now I’ve got RAWSThree. Buy RAWS – Three on Band Camp, and check out the other sessions. BIG thanks to the AMP Cafe for hosting dope events like this. Keep the arts going.

Tres Records – Nueve

Nueve

Does Tres know how to put out a beat tape or what?!? This is one of those sneaky sneak attacks on your ear drums. A heavily independent hip hop label cranks out a beat tape, Nueve, showcasing damn near an evil genius lineup. I’m not going to name names, but it will fry your brain. Nueve is one of those albums where I saw the album artwork first and said, “hmmm what’s this?” Nueve had me motivated and bebopping around the office. Tres is not one you should be sleeping on. They are cranking out the albums. I’ve got another Tres release, Fonetik Simbol – Super Chop Beat Tape, next in the headphones. Download Tres Records 9th Anniversary beat tape on TresRecords.com. BIG shout to the good folks at Tres for keeping me up to par.

 

Chanes – Renegade Hands


So far House Shoes hasn’t steered me wrong. If you see a project that says, “House Shoes Presents,” listen to it. My man Ben from Insect Records also knows a good artist when he hears one. Chanes has been on our radar for a while and  today he has dropped Renegade Hands. The Known is my track. That gets me so hyped to get work done. I can put it on repeat for days. The beauty about Renegade Hands is the rest of it is just as dope. I don’t want to spoil it for you but this album will evoke an emotion in you that will put you at ease. A sense of bliss. Get this album, you’ll be glad you did. Pick up your copy of Chanes – Renegade Hands on Amazon. BIG thanks to my man Ben at Insect Records. And a BIG shout to Austin Texas.

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Sammus – M’Other Brain

Lately this is the only album that I can listen to straight through. Sammus is a super smart gamer girl that produces and raps. Is this a nerd’s dream that’s comes true or what?!? Either way I’m glad that Sammus is out there making good music. The thing that got me hooked wasn’t just listening to M’Other Brain, but Sammus’ Beatz. A whole beat tape that makes you feel like you’re in a video. I started having flashbacks to playing Super Mario Bros. M’Other Brain is very different from Beatz and rounds out this super nerd with mad rap skills. Check out Sammus and see what I’m talking about. Buy Sammus - M’Other Brain on Band Camp. BIG thanks to Sammus for bringing something good to the rap/producer table.

 

L!STED – The Crystal Ship

Let me sum it up. Seven Dayis a dynamic duo made up of Jay Diction and L!STED. Very talented cats that keep coming with good music. L!STED is bringing The Crystal Ship to your ears. Beat after beat, I just keep asking myself, “how come folks ain’t up on this cat?”  Well no worries and hopefully this will shine some light on them. L!STED is coming hard one beat at a time on The Crystal Ship, and he gives you eight tracks of head nodding. Nothing else left to say, but get this and turn up the volume. Download L!STED – The Crystal Ship on Band Camp. BIG thanks L!STED for making dope beats. Keep it going brotha.

NickNack – State Machine

NickNack’s State Machine is a good solid album with an eclectic sound. With a little bit of sampling, scratching, retro sounds, and a funky groove it’s a good mix of tracks that has a good progressive flow. I dig beat tapes that also show the diversity of a producer by including a few tracks with emcees on them. The last few tracks on State Machine features A.Dd+Reggie Coby, Dowrong, Lowkey, Crew 54 and Bavu Blakes. Support some good talented folks like NickNack.  Buy NickNack – State Machine on Crowd Control. BIG thanks to Crowd Control Records for keeping me in the know.

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NickNack – Evan After

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NickNack – Soul Sent

EOM – Further

The good folks at Knock Study/ Knock Steady let me know their good friend EOM, Elements Of Music, dropped an instrumental that I would dig. After listening to some Duke Westlake I figured some good things were coming from that camp. Elements Of Music’s album Further is a well composed collective of sounds that makes great music. There are a few samples in there that you might recognize, but the way that EOM uses them almost makes you forget that they are samples. Further is such a hefty album of tracks that you’ll find something in it to bump for sure. Buy Elements Of Music – Further on Band Camp. BIG thanks Deeana for the heads up.

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EOM - Strangers,Heroes

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EOM - Celebration (feat. Intalek)

James Pants – Sludge: Sorrows Pt. II

I wasn’t much of a James Pants fan…until I heard Sludge: James Pants Beats Sorrows Pt. II, 2006-2010. It was almost like I discovered something for the first time and realised there was an ample supply. This cat can make some beats. At first I thought Sludge: Beats Sorrows Pt. II was too random, but now I think that with this album you have to have an open mind and let it grab you. James Pants is a bag of mixed nuts which makes Sludge: Beats Sorrows Pt. II so interesting. This is one to keep in your collection for sure. Download James Pants – James Pants – Sludge: James Pants Beats Sorrows Pt. II, 2006-2010 at Stones Throw. Thanks Stones Throw for the info (some newsletters are good).

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James Pants - I Told You Man, I Carry A Gun

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James Pants - Watershed 

Mecca:83 – Life Sketches Vols. 1 & 2


After you buy this album hit play and close your eyes. Now imagine you are floating through space. Feel the galaxy around you, and see the stars as they jet by turning into  different colors. Now open your eyes and feel how calm and relaxed you are from listening to Mecca:83 (aka Rise) - Life Sketches Vols. 1 & 2. That’s how I felt after my train ride home the other day. It was a long day and I put on Life Sketches Vols. 1 & 2, closed my eyes, and shortly after I was in another zone. Life Sketches Vols. 1 & 2 is one of those albums you put on when you’re really stressed, and it melts away after the first track. They should make a prescription for this stuff. Go buy Mecca:83 – Life Sketches Vols. 1 & 2 on FreeForm Records. It’s worth it!  BIG thanks Mecca:83 for making my new go-to album for stress. Keep making that good stuff.

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Mecca:83 - Vibrate

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Mecca:83 - Godbless & Goodnight

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