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Natural Swing – “Lo-finders” – [Dezi-Belle Records]

Lo-finders

 

Natural Swing delivers 20 short instrumental and chill hip hop tracks designed as abstract melody concepts with lots of warble, mud, scratched vinyl noise and sonic wobble with this 2016 release. This is very much underground hip hop with a stream of consciousness approach to samples and compositions that could be composed today with various computer tools to extend samples into more dreamlike expansions. This results lead to experiences of short bursts of introspection into unknown areas that maybe even the originators didn’t expect themselves. Some of the highlight tracks — for me — was LFO, Trane and Goodie, mostly due to the jazz influenced chord sequences. This kind of broken beat art maybe works best in small doses.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on January 11, 2017 at 5:49 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Hip Hop
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  • Id The Poet – “We Work Epic” – [Tidepool Music]

    ID the Poet is a Hip Hop artist raised in LA who now lives in San Diego. iD does most of his own production using Ableton, Protools, and live instrumentation on a Macbook. This is the first of two EP’s. Tracks 4 and 5 were my stand out favorites with the last 30 seconds of track 5 going into a nice switch to take it out. Language on track 2 FCC warning BULLSH*T.

  • Reviewed by Arcanum on October 26, 2016 at 4:15 pm
  • Filed as CD,Hip Hop
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  • Elektro4 – “Archaeometry” – [Heardrums Records]

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    This is Elektro4′s (Mike Schofield) 2016 release full of psychedelic-soul instrumental hiphop tracks — kind of like The Avalanches on acid or if Orb would suddenly get inspired by the NYC scene. The beats create canvases with introverted movie-style scenarios and oddities appear and disappear between the speakers. This is the closest you could get to a pre-dawn hip hop party where alternate realities are explored. The fascination with other cultures make entrance on many tracks, including dubby side tours. Note the tracks melt into each other so you need to catch the transition from one song to the next. This one is a great include of underground hiphop into our library.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on October 19, 2016 at 6:18 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Hip Hop
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  • Fringe Character – “Mint” – [Lion of Istan Music]

    Fringe Character is: nuelectrosoulhop music; an expanding nebula of like-minded creators; all original music that combines the moving parts of soul, hip hop, dub, jazz, and electronica.
    Let good things influence you.
    FCC 1,2,4,6,8

  • Reviewed by Arcanum on July 26, 2016 at 10:29 pm
  • Filed as CD,Hip Hop
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  • Brrwd Love- Vol. 1

    A creative collab between friends REPEAT PATTERN & TA-KU,

    This collection features both of them on a few traks along with other friends

    And emerging artists. Dreamy bedroom beats, samples, loops.

    Incoherent lyrical content. The most abrasive track is A4???s Divison,

    filled with scrapes, cuts, and heavy breathing. Mostly it???s pretty mellow sound

    snapshots with many layers and elements. You will catch something

    new with every listen. All tracks a pretty cool, but Primm (B3) is my

    personal favorite because of the 1970s easy listening flute intro

    and underlying current.

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    <3<3<3 Caddy

  • Reviewed by cadilliac margarita on June 29, 2016 at 1:11 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,Hip Hop
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  • Dalek – “Asphalt For Eden” – [Deadverse]

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    After a 5-year hiatus, Dalek is back with another album of dark industrial hip-hop. Big walls of warm sound encompass angry quasi-political vocals. Heavy old-school beats and looped samples are soaked in fuzzy guitar feedback and soaring synths. Elements of drone, noise, ambient and shoegaze. Lyrics deal with themes of war, consumerism, and mass media. Check out the Chomsky sample on track 6.

    Track 5 is instrumental. Track 1 is clean.

    FCCs on 2, 3, 4, 6, 7.

  • Reviewed by Louie Caliente on June 19, 2016 at 1:44 pm
  • Filed as CD,Hip Hop
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  • Antwon – “Double Ecstasy” – [Anticon]

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    newest EP release from LA-based rapper with south-bay roots; this is some real Bay Shit to an almost ironic extent: bingeing on local crunk/trap genre tropes in a hedonistic self-loathing purge. the lyrical content leans tongue-stuffed-cheek like the sex-obsessed 16 year old he always will be gettin loose in the club. his punk/hardcore background shows in the humor, with an i-don’t-give-a-fuck delivery, equally juvenile as it is critical while constantly maintaining personal elucidation. apparently he spent the past five years in isolation writing/recording this; i’d hate the world too.

  • Reviewed by abacus on June 1, 2016 at 11:38 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,Hip Hop
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  • Encryption Cipher [coll] – [Tuff Sound]

    Warning. Music is not always what it seems. FCC’s everywhere on everything and b3 has none in engrish that I can tell. took me a minute to groove into this collection and Boaz’s take me away is probably my favorite with the last track called roots calabash coming a close second. This is encryption cipher. Bass Heavy. Filthy Pirate Language. Action Bronson will take you to a new york delicatessen after the underground hookah lounge.

  • Reviewed by Arcanum on May 31, 2016 at 5:45 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Hip Hop
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  • KAER/ KEGS [coll] – [Sublevel Epidemic]

    Backpack type hip hop. FCC FREE Each track accompanied by the instrumental fo yah mental. A side instr. 3:30~ Latin.Cubano.Piano.Guitar samples. quantized bass/ drum kit .
    B side instr. 4:20~ Harp.Woodwind. Drum Kit shuffle snares. Vocal Sample.

  • Reviewed by Arcanum on May 31, 2016 at 4:43 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,Hip Hop
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  • Mykki Blanco – “Gay Dog Food” – [Ormolycka]

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    Raw punk hip-hop mix-tape from Mykki Blanco, aka Michael Quattlebaum. Heavy industrial beats and pounding synths. Distorted grinds and gritty samples. Think Death Grips with less anger and more bounce.

    Excellent rapping by Mykki and a cast of friends, including Cakes da Killa, Cities Aviv, and Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre).

    First and last tracks are instrumental. FCCs on almost all others.

  • Reviewed by Louie Caliente on May 10, 2016 at 9:15 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Hip Hop
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  • signor benedick the moor – “el negro” – [Deathbombarc]

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    weirdo hiphop from outsider kid out of the LA area, like the dude that brought pot to all your LAN parties in middle school, and always showed up high to drama class; theater nerd – names himself after his favorite jaded character from Much Ado About Nothing; clever wordplay that maintains its juvenile toilet humor amidst intellectual eloquence. production that sounds like a 90s fantasy-rpg on casio, other times heavy metal noise rock – all self-recorded, probably spends all his time in front of a computer chopping up the hardcore/sample-heavy beats; did i mention he’s high as fuck?

  • Reviewed by abacus on April 27, 2016 at 8:32 pm
  • Filed as CD,Hip Hop
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  • Brown, Apollo – “Hey Joe/ Make Bread” – [Mello Music Group]

    This is the bonus 45 for Apollo Brown’s album Thirty Eight. Side A and B are both instrumental and FCC free. Crackle and sample hiss run like electric current throughout, giving a retro feel and resonant warmth. some guitar twang with the classic hey joe vibe on side A 2:55~ and a gritty jazz-hop narrative with female vocal laced boom bap drum kit side B Make Bread 3:00~

  • Reviewed by Arcanum on April 26, 2016 at 11:51 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,Hip Hop
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  • Fraye, Sebastian – “Vol.1″ – [Redefinition Records]

    Sebastian Fraye???s VOL. 1 showcases a selection of instrumentals that were created between 2009 and 2014. A multitude of both sampled and recorded instruments, tools and techniques were used throughout the album. The thread that ties them all together is through the use of vinyl. Sebastian felt that with his first official album, he needed to honor the traditions of the beatmaking craft and the artists that came before him???not only musically, but visually as well. This record is fascinating, accomplished and sample heavy. Makes for a great study.

  • Reviewed by Arcanum on April 5, 2016 at 4:02 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Hip Hop
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  • J-Zone – “Backyard Breaks” – [Old Maid Entertainment]

    Recorded in a basement in Jamaica, Queens NYC. All instrumental break beats. Use this to funk up your mix. Pepper in some paradiddles, rudimentary rolls, and ride a groove into the next track. FCC’s on tracks A9, B4, b8, B9.

    Track Times and Description:
    A1. 0:21 Lead in
    A2. 0:36 Bridge Break
    A3. 0:17 Lead in
    A4. 0:22 Down Tempo
    A5. 0:32 Lead in/Bridge
    A6. 0:11 Punch
    A7. 0:47 Down Tempo
    A8. 0:31 Heavy Ride Cymbal
    A9. 0:58 FCC In or Out
    B1. 0:11 Mellow Switch
    B2. 0:16 Toy Monkey
    B3. 0:18 1,2 Snake Charmer
    B4. 0:17 Double Time FCC
    B5. 0:40 Lead in Afrostyle
    B6. 0:18 Eric B Mahogany type
    B7. 0:23 roll in 4/4
    b8. 0:23 FCC
    B9. 1:22 ** FCC I Like it

  • Reviewed by Arcanum on March 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,Hip Hop
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  • BledJon – “Popular Loner, The” – [Self Produce]

    BledJon is an American hip hop recording artist from the Bay Area, California. At the age of 11, BledJon was diagnosed with glaucoma but miraculously his eyes were healed. Bumps Tracks 3** , 8*, 9**, 11* (cued -0:38 for interlude)

  • Reviewed by Arcanum on February 3, 2016 at 5:50 pm
  • Filed as CD,Hip Hop
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  • Los Feo Faces – “Haters Camp” – [Grimm Image]

    Los Feo Faces is an artist collective and independent record label based out of Honolulu, Hawaii, “Haters Camp” being a mixtape feturing artists from El Paso to Colorado back to Hawaii. Those who have phased out in the past and have yet to link up in the future have only the casuality of life to blame that they are not on HATERS CAMP, Feo’s first concentrated group effort. Featuring production by in-house producers Front Business, Everybody Knows and AIKER METATRON, HATERS CAMP becomes the screen on which this distorted and crass movie plays. Track 4, 6, 8**, 11**, 12** Track 5 has some cool switch digital switches @ 1:32 mark and cold drops @ 2:04 FCC’s and drug refs. are plenty

  • Reviewed by Arcanum on January 27, 2016 at 6:05 pm
  • Filed as CD,Hip Hop
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  • Woods, Billy – “Today, I Wrote Nothing” – [backwoodz]

    Billy Woods claims Washington D.C. as his hometown but has spent much of his life in New York City. Founder of the record label Backwoodz Studioz,Once part of the Super Chron Flight Brothers he is one half of the duo Armand Hammer w/ “Elucid who makes appearances on this 2xLP along w/ L’Wren, Henry Canyons, and Curly Castro. Music by Messiah Milk and Blockhead and other var. producers. Lyrically this well written and overall feels slow, grimy. ominous parallels , east coast overcast, metaphorically ghetto red hot.?? The album is a collection of short songs and vignettes that form a cohesive meditation on life???s journeys and death???s hiding places. FCC beware.

  • Reviewed by Arcanum on January 24, 2016 at 11:49 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Hip Hop
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  • Dayne Jordan – “In Progress” – [Independent]

    DJ Jazzy Jeff showing his Philadelphia Brotherly Love…he is on most of the production so bump for track 3 & 8 for me. Also cue track 9 at the 4 minute mark and let that one ride. All in all “In progress” feels just as sounds. take the good with the bad and adjust perspective. FCCs mostly Nigga.

  • Reviewed by Arcanum on January 13, 2016 at 5:43 pm
  • Filed as CD,Hip Hop
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  • Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark – “S/T” – [Delicious Vinyl]

    This is smooth, slow, lyrical hip hop. A3 would fit nicely on Soul Patrol. B3 has a Wizard of Oz theme. Tr A2, A5, and B3 have a slightly Latin flavor. Some of my favorite lines are B2, “I’m gonna kill ya real slow, you call me cancer stick.” And B3 “Fish with good bait, get a good bite.”
    Disk 2 is instrumental versions of the same tracks.

  • Reviewed by Morada on January 2, 2016 at 1:34 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Hip Hop
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  • Professor Brian Oblivion – “Dissertation: Volume 1″ – [Clockwise]

    Professor Brian Oblivion is a producer and DJ whose sample based, boom bap style is rooted in Golden Era Hip Hop while steadily projecting towards new treatments. Utilizing turntables, an MPC and a diverse sound library ranging from soundtracks, funk, soul, jazz, psych rock, world music and everything in between, he creates a rubric unparalleled. In the same vein as Ras G’s Raw Fruit and Madlib’s Beat Konducta, Professor Oblivion releases the first of the Dissertation series, showcasing twenty-two raw, open beats in a seamlessly arranged bombardment of funk.With influences of the world’s musical past, the professor meticulously synthesizes and reframes specimens of sound to create sound collage that is rooted in principle and steeped in culture. Hard hitting drums, scintillating synths, dancing melodies and grooving basslines construct “Dissertation: Volume 1″, culminating in a cacophony of head nodding slappers. All tracks FCC Free and Inst.

  • Reviewed by Arcanum on December 26, 2015 at 1:26 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,Hip Hop
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