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B+C Radio: Summer

Episode 009: Summer

Just when you thought your week couldn’t get any better Beats+Crates Radio slaps you in the face with a new episode mixed by my brother Val The Vandle. He’s bringing some heat on Summer to get you into the summer mood. Val The Vandle is an LA staple that reaches from here to beyond. This dude is a world class DJ, an LA tastemaker, and an all around good guy. We’ve been blessed to get Summer from Val The Vandle on this Turn It UP Tuesday, and your ears will love you for it. Crank up the volume and enjoy Val The Vandle’s episode of Beats+Crates Radio, Summer. Click here to download B+C Radio: Summer or head to iTunes to subscribe. Check Val out on Twitter, and blast him an email because he’s always down for gigs. BIG thanks Val for for knocking out a dope episode.

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Richard Wright – Open Minded

The combination of J. Bizness and Richard Wright is like chocolate and peanut butter. You like both separately, but together is some other level sh!t. With all the guest appearances J. Bizness and Richard Wright are reaching for outer space on this one. Open Minded is the best thing that has dropped this year, and you can quote me on that . I mean I was having a hard time trying to select tracks for this post, and that man Noa James is a beast. J. BiznessRichard Wright, Skeem Price, Trek Life, and Val The Vandle  that track Go! is like an all-star team. Open Minded is totally worth any price they set for it. Go buy Richard Wright – Open Minded on Illregular Instrumentals. BIG thanks J. Bizness for the heads up. You got a winning team there sir. Keep it going.

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Richard Wright - Get Away

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Richard Wright - Dreams (Pt. 2: Nightmares) feat. Noa James

Boombox: Rhettmatic & House Shoes

BOOMBOXApril 7th 2012

I don’t think I have to tell you about these two gentlemen who are staples in LA’s music scene. Mr. Rhettmatic has a gang of albums and has collaborated with great folks like Eric Bobo,  Buff1 and has DJ’d events like the Do Over. And House Shoes, what can I say?! If you know House Shoes you know he’s not just the guy from Detroit that plays records. Beside the given House Shoes is the connector, producer, co-signer, and coming out with his LP  later this year. I’m guessing you’ll get a sneak peek of his album and some exclusive tracks. It’ll be good times. You can count on these cats to bring the heat. And I can’t forget the fellas spinning great tunes   Inka OneBen Diggin, and DJ Analog will be in the house. Head to Boombox to get a quality show.

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BOOMBOX | 1st Saturdays
Grand Star Jazz Club

943 N.Broadway Los Angeles (Chinatown)
9:30pm-2am | 21 & over

$10 before 11pm w/ RSVP| $12 otherwise

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Kone – The Tractatus

Listening to Kone’s The Tractatus is like reading a good essay or book. Not sure if it’s the little bits of narratives injected in between tracks, or because it’s instrumental music with an organic flow to it. Either way, you can’t stop at one track. If this was a book I would’ve had the pages falling out because I was reading it so much. My first introduction to The Tractatus album was the New Los Angeles track and then the video. Great guitar riff with a mellow synth, frequency layered on top you can close your eyes and see the Hollywood hills down to the Forum. Listening to The Tactatus I felt I needed to create some work. A very creative album that will get the wheels a turning. Buy Kone – The Tractatus on iTunes and check him out on Twitter. BIG thanks to Kone for putting out quality work. And a shout out to  Alpha Pup for producing good records. Keep doing what you’re doing guys.

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Kone - Happenings

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Kone - Wax & Wane

Boombox: Producer Showcase vol.12

It’s that time again…BOOMBOX! This Saturday March 3rd is their producer showcase. I really dig the producers showcase because you get a chance to hear some stuff that might not be on a project yet. Boombox will have Swiff D from Pac Div in the building, Lee Bannon from Plug Research, Anenon from Non Projects/RBMA (2011), and one of my new favorite producers Mr. Duke Westlake from KnockSteady/Hellfyre Club. Also in the place to be with a live tribute to J-1 aka THE DEER are Teeko, Max Kane, and Mugpush. BIG shout to my Animal Kingdom family. And you know I can’t forget the DJ’s that are always holding it down,  Inka OneBen Diggin, and DJ Analog. Boombox is going to be live, so come on out and kickit with music lovers, meet some good folks, and listen to some good tunes. BIG thanks to the Boombox crew. Hope to see you all there.

IMPORTANT: RSVP at Facebook

BOOMBOX | 1st Saturdays
Grand Star Jazz Club

943 N.Broadway Los Angeles (Chinatown)
9:30pm-2am | 21 & over

$10 before 11pm w/ RSVP| $12 otherwise

Put it on your Facebook Calendar

For more info follow Boombox on Twitter.

 

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 

Busdriver, Nocando & Open Mike Eagle @ the Echo

Mark your calendars because this is a show you won’t want to miss. Mr. Nocando has been on a rampage, and he wants you to come along. It’s a release party for not one but two albums dropping Tuesday, February 21 Hellfyre records presents a night with  Open Mike Eagle, Nocando (Zero Hour), and Busdriver (Beaus$Eros). It might sound like a backpackers show, but all hip hop heads and music fans a like will dig it.

 $10 advance, $12 at door | 18+

The Echo

1822 Sunset Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90026

 

Nocando – Zero Hour

Real talk, I don’t think I gave Nocando’s stuff a good listen before Prometheus. The times I’ve been to Low End Theory I didn’t really get the full Nocando sound. Now if you’re like me or getting an introduction to Nocando, Zero Hour is perfect. From the production, guests, and Nocando’s flow, I got this in heavy rotation. Time for me to go back and pick up what I’ve been missing. Thavius Beck, Nosajthing, Busdriver, Mexicans With Guns, and a handful of other cats.  You would think they’re shooting for the rap album of the year award or something. I wouldn’t be surprised if the instrumental version of this album dropped shortly. Zero Hour has turned me into a Nocando fan for sure. Download Nocando – Zero Hour from Hellfyre Club on tumblr. BIG thanks Nocando for killing this one.

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Nocando – Bernie prod. by Busdriver

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Nocando - Westside Rentals

Dobrega – The Rebuild EP

I’ll tell you, my man Greg the Dude knows just about everyone. I was at Greg’s spot for a party and was talking to this one cat Dobrega about some music. He told me a little about a project he was working on and would keep me posted. I didn’t hear from him for a while and ran into him at the Hit+Run show. We had another great convo about art and some music. Later that week Dobrega shot me a link of his finished project, The Rebuild EP. Now I’m always trying to multitask, but when this crazy 8-bit sound hit the headphones I was like what’s going on. Sounded like Zelda, but then a nice  rhythm creeps in. It was so hypnotizing I totally forgot that the 8-bit sound was in there. Freedom Dance damn near made me forget I had other work to do. That first go-round of The Build EP got my full attention… so I played it again. I really dig the layering of sounds on this EP. If you are looking to be trippin off some music Dobrega will have you in a trance with The Rebuild EP. Check out  Dobrega – The Rebuild at Dobrega.com. BIG thanks Dobrega for the good tunes. Now I’m waiting to see some visuals man.

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Dobrega - Rainbows Abound

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Dobrega - Sunrise

Garfield Adams – 1st Things First

1st Things First has got head nodding bass,  jazzy melodies to hold your lady’s to, and hypnotic rhythms to get your feet moving. If making beats this smooth was criminal, they would have had to lock Garfield Adams up a long time ago. From having Tomorrow, Yesterday rapping on a track to J. Maka El dropping lovely vocals, 1st Things First had me relaxed and carefree in minutes. Airspace sounds just like the title when you play it. The bass hits hard and the keys with a little delay make you feel like you’re floating. I’d classify this as zen music. The whole album is worth the buy. Buy Garfield Adams – 1st Things First on Band Camp. BIG thanks to Garfield Adams for making music that takes stress away.

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Garfield Adams – For The Love featuring E Reece, Basicali, Yep!

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