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.

Tiger Tsunami – Re​:​Antarctica EP

Tiger Tsunami – Re​:​Antarctica EP

Tiger Tsunami - Re​:​Antarctica EPDiscovering gems like this EP is one of the reasons I keep doing what I’m doing without getting paid. I was going about my day and listening to stuff on Sound Cloud. Checking out all kinds of tracks and just exploring. About 10 tracks later I ran across Tiger Tsunami and the artwork to Re: Antarctica EP. “Dope cover and interesting group name, let me check this out.” First track ,Antarctica, “where can I get this?!?” I left it playing as I checked out Tiger Tsunami’s Sound Cloud profile page. Clicking every link they had on it. Waves,“where’s the download button?” I was reading the tags they labeled their music; ambient electronic, future bass, post-dubstep, and couldn’t think of a better way to describe it. I love love love the Re: Antarctica EP, and can’t wait until they drop more music. Download Tiger Tsunami – Re​:​Antarctica EP on Band Camp. BIG thanks Tiger Tsunami for making great music.

Oddisee – People Hear What They See

Oddisee – People Hear What They See

Oddisee - People Hear What They SeeI don’t know why it took me so long to write about my man Oddisee’s latest album, People Hear What They See. Oh yeah too busy listening to it. People- I want to tell you the music is out there. I know folks say Hip Hop sucks these days, and yeah I have caught myself saying it too. BUT the good stuff is out there, like this album. Yes, I went online to iTunes and bought it. No questions. Oddisee is high on my list for cats making good music and influencing a change in the genre for the better. People Hear What They See has a little bit of it all. Ready To Rock and Do It All has that get into “GO MODE” vibe. Just listening to it makes me feel accomplished. Maybe because I picture folks cruising around town or in deep thought.  Another Grind… who shouts out Kenny Rogers?!  Don’t sit on your hands, get up and get it. Buy Oddisee – People Hear What They See on iTunes and vinyl at Fat Beats. BIG shout to Mello Music Group for keeping me in the know. And to my man Trek Life for introducing me to another creative person.

Trek Life – Hometown Foreigner

Trek Life – Hometown Foreigner

Trek Life - Hometown Foreigner Trek Life and Duke Westlake worked hard on Hometown Foreigner. You can really see this is a personal album where Trek had to get a few things off his chest. The title Hometown Foreigner says it all. The album is upbeat with a few sexy tracks like “Be Together.” What I like about Trek is he can talk about the issues like love, the music industry, growing up, racial profiling, and always keeping the party vibe. You not only get some knowledge but also that turn it up good vibe music. And Duke Westlake ain’t no stranger to making good music. Memory Palace stays playing at my house, and I’m about to check out his new album Turn. Both cats are all around good dudes that are winning with this album. Go buy Trek Life – Hometown Foreigner at Mello Music Group on Band Camp. BIG thanks to Trek Life and Duke for making a whole album worth playing on repeat. Keep doing what you’re doing… real talk.

Pistol McFly & VerBS – Nuff Said

Pistol Mcfly & VerBS - Nuff SaidCan you say hell yeah?!? That cat Verbs connects with the right folks when it comes to his projects. Pistol McFly and L!STED, what’s next? Nuff Said is a collection of track, but sounds like it was a project meant to be. Everything You Make It had me cranking up the volume without a care in the world. And when I got to Dear Los Angeles I realized I had just listened to Nuff Said 3 times. I really dig a project that makes you want more, you play it a few more times, and started digging for other project by the same artists. Buy Nuff Said on Band Camp and click on the links below for more for each artist. BIG thanks Verbs for making the music folks are rocking out to. BIG shout to Pistol McFly and L!STEDkeep doing what you guys are doing.

Pistol McFly:

Fresh Daily – The Brooklyn Good Guy

Let me start off by saying, everyone needs a Fresh Daily track or album in their collection. I would even go as far as to say his music needs to be a staple in your collection. You know you’re not going to get a bad product from Fresh Daily when he drops a new projects or a collabo track. The Brooklyn Good Guy is one to have on heavy rotation. Fresh Daily also gathered up some talented folks to join him on this project like Black Spade, Melo-X, Moruf, Doc Illingsworth, Mike Baker the Bike Maker etc. If these names aren’t familiar, please do yourself a favor and check out what they make as well. After the first go around of The Brooklyn Good Guy you’ll place it with your classics. Check out Fresh Daily – The Brooklyn Good Guy on and check out his previous releases.  BIG thanks to Fresh Daily for keeping me in the loop.

Hawdwerk – The Graveyard Shift

Anything called The Graveyard Shift is a horror movie or someone’s putting in all-nighters and working hard. If you haven’t figured it out yet, it’s the 2nd one. Hawdwerk has been putting in hard work, and I think it’s about to pay off. Hawdwerk has teamed up with Kaleem Wasif and Funklogik from Asiatic Rhythms to produce and master all the tracks on The Graveyard Shift. Hawdwerk has a good crew and good company, and keeps at it in addition to working that graveyard shift. This is one cat we’ve already had on a winner’s block. When you get a chance check out his EPK and catch up on what Hawdwerk’s been doing. In the meantime buy Hawdwerk – The Graveyard Shift on Band Camp. BIG shout to Curtiss King and J. Bizness, I see you. BIG thanks to my man Hawdwerk for showing folks the hard work that goes into the music. Keep it going my man.

Tres Records – 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 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.