Nu jazz sound, chilled, relaxing, smooth. Shape The Future was a huge Nightmares on Wax come-back in my life. This one is not as strong but a fair follow-up.
Machinedrum – Psyconia
Broken beat, drum and bass, hiphop, IDM, the common denominator is smoothness and a light heart. Like if it’s drum and bass then it’s liquid, if it’s hiphop then it’s soulful. These 26 minutes contain a whole summer’s many flavors in six tracks. It’s not a consistent record at all, more like a promo sampler for a festival, but there’s fun in all those tracks.
Abstract Orchestra – Madvillain Vol. 1
This has been my soulful positive energy music for the past few weeks. It delivers instant Saturday vibe on any day of the week.
Sumgii feat. Nah Eeto – Wanawake
This is a single release but made enough plays that it’s worth making a note of. Post-dubstep bass music, reminds me of the collaborations of The Bug and Warrior Queen. And another record building the bridge between Europe and Africa, this one stretching between the UK and Kenya.
Riton + Kah-Lo – Foreign Ororo
I recently got a batch of suggestions spread along the interesting-weird axis, and this one stuck with me. British dance beats (mostly house) with Nigerian hiphop female vocals. I have this strong feeling that I’m totally late to this party and hits like Fake ID and Ginger must have spinned their fair share in certain parties and radio shows that I totally missed apparently.
Letherette – Brown Lounge, Vol. 5
Perfect Saturday music for yawning and staying lazy in bed.
Prophets of Rage – Pop Goes The Weapon
All three singles released since the debut album are great, but this latest one definitely has the strongest hook. Both the beat and the words are just epic. This is one of those tracks where I feel the strongest that Prophets of Rage is getting a voice of its own.
They already wrote some awesome stuff, but there were a lot of echos of Rage Against The Machine or Street Sweeper Social Club, and that’s totally understandable and also something that I don’t mind. The musical heritage what these musicians represent is something that brings us under the flag of Prophets in the first place. But in this case that’s paired up with the killer flow of the MCs. And the latter aspect also shows in the lyrics. These MCs are hiphop MCs, they don’t come from where de la Rocha was coming from. In Rocha’s lyrics there were many repetitive revolutionairy slogans, but just little words without semantical meaning. Hiphop uses the language as a decorative tool as well or an instrument on its own, there are words that just keep the flow going, and this I feel is new here. Rocha would never have written a line that just says “La dee da dee”, but it’s here and this doesn’t diminish the seriousness of the words a bit. Or right in the title, they write “pop” and not “bang” or something more dramatic, which is so stylistic, so hiphop.
This is the first time these musicians found the exactly right place for these MCs they are working with. Or these MCs found their way around this music. Anyhow, it’s brewing and blending together better and better. Can’t wait for a next record to see where this goes.
Sampa The Great – Birds And The BEE9
Neo-soul, hiphop, world music. Full of positive energies.
DJ Yoda – Homecooking
Very laidback, very smooth, very relaxing, very laying around on a terrace in summer. Hiphop and Jazz and soul and funk.
Skepta – Ignorance Is Bliss
I still get the creeps when I hear the sound of any auto-tune vocals, but the grime and hiphop (and sometimes even rap) tracks in between are all cool. Good music, good flow, good words.