I don’t really expect our American audience to know the name Lil Silva. I’ll cut less slack for the UK audience. Lil Silva has been around for a hot minute, having had releases on the esteemed Night Slugs label on top of official remixes and collaborations with and for the likes of AlunaGeorge, Banks, Little . . .
Toronto-bred bass maniacs Zeds Dead have teamed up with Freddie Gibbs to make a new ethereal emotive cut, “Back Home.” The tune is the first on Zeds Dead’s newly announced label, Deadbeats. It’s not the group’s first forray into hip-hop as they released mixtape on Mad Decent a few years back called Victor, and they’ve worked with Sean Price. . . .
While the current era of singer/songwriter-rappers leads the more pop-culture way, New Jersey’s Hoddy The Young Jedi kicks back and gives you a piece of his mind with “TIMBS66.” The video’s red and black motifs are a fitting match for the emcee’s energetic and dark performance. Hoddy’s vocals are juxtaposed against Zshkr’s psychedelic yet almost demonic . . .
Toronto’s secret weapon Free n Losh delivered a super low-key and super smooth cut right from their vault. At roughly five years old, “Maybe In A Past Life” is a testament to this group’s ability to make timelessly soothing beats fit for any era. Not that the man is the only arbiter of taste in the . . .
Singapore’s Darker Than Wax continues to be one of Artistic Manifesto’s favorites. The label has been consistent with it’s unique offerings and with their free download series they’ve done this even doubly so. Deep Shoq is the latest to release a free joint with DTW and “Thru Hassles” is a beaut. It’s a track that juxtaposes . . .
Nadus is one of those guys you need to know. As one of the de facto leaders of the Jersey club’s global scene, he has set an example with his music. This week, Nadus returned with a re-release of his 2014 EP Broke City and in it he included some new tracks like “Bust It Open” and a gang . . .
The Game is on full-promo now for both The Documentary 2 and 2.5. “El Chapo” comes from the latter, and features Skrillex on co-production with Bangladesh; and boy does he make his presence felt. With Skrillex’s signature bass growls and snarls, Game finds himself right at home as the the two create some incredibly potent west coast juice with this one. . . .
Tunji Ige made one of the best projects in the last 12 months when he let loose The Love Project in December 2014. Today he dropped the visual for one of the best tracks, “Ball Is Life.” Directed by fellow Brain Bandits artisté, Glassface flawlessly and imaginatively took to 2015 signifiers with text messages and social media symbols . . .
A new era of rap superstars is upon us and Atlanta’s Raury is staking his claim to be considered one of the anointed. He’s not there yet, but the oft-tagged “industry plant” singer/songwriter/rapper seems to be working in earnest as he delivers new music ahead of a much anticipated debut album. Teaming up with fellow . . .
Dublin isn’t exactly Queens or Compton, but it’s still a fertile ground for quality hip-hop. Rejjie Snow offers up just that with this live recording of his own “She Loves Me,” a reworking of Jill Scott’s “He Loves Me.” It’s a decidedly laid back jazzy track that follows an emerging style Snow has been cultivating with his previous . . .
Monday is a tough day of the week but a good dose of footwork is a great way to get through it. Start with bastiengoat’s new nearly fifteen minute mix of 100% original and unreleased material called “Waitin For The Rain” and you’ll be off and running. The Bay Area artist left a simple note, calling . . .
With the summer now officially over, the search for a winter time soundtrack just went into full-force. Thankfully, just this past week, the Budo Kiba collective put out their first compilation, Budo Kiba Compilation Vol. 1 and that is no doubt already doing the trick. The release is a nine-track journey featuring the collective’s leaders Edo Lee, Matas, Îota, Tru . . .
In the recent explosion, and in some cases resurgence, of bass music or “beat music,” few places have proved to be a hotbed quite like Australia. The land down under has played a pivotal role in bringing about a new generation of talents like Flume, What So Not, Ta-Ku, and many more. Swindail is a . . .