Archive for the ‘Hip-Hop’ Tag

Lil B – The Deal

One of the many highlights on Lil B’s 34 song mixtape God’s Father.

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M.I.A. – Bad Girls

Clams Casino: Realist Alive

A friend recently suggested that I check out an artist called Clams Casino, guessing that his music would appeal to me, he wasn’t wrong. It is only after reading James Vincent McMorrow’s description of Casino’s music over on Nialler9 that I gave him a try. Mike Volpe is a 23-year old hip-hop producer from New Jersey who performs as ‘Clams Casino’, his raw beats blended with atmospheric effects have laid the foundations for rappers such as Soulja Boy, Lil B and A$AP Rocky to gain acclaim.

Earlier this year he released Instrumental Mixtape for free download. Like Will Wisenfeld of Baths and Aaron Jerome aka SBTRKT, Volpe has, in my opinion, managed to hit the nail on the head in terms of finding the perfect balance of the various sounds currently finding favour among electronic music producers and fans.

Has-Lo – Reincarnate

 

Laid back swagger from Philadelphia based rapper/producer Has-Lo’s 2011 release Conversation B.

ASAP Rocky – Palace

Opening track from the LiveLoveA$AP mixtape.

Big K.R.I.T. – Dreamin

Taken from the outstanding 2011 album Return of 4eva.

Shabazz Palaces – An Echo From The Hosts That Profess In Infinitum

Taken from the wonderfully trippy album Black Up

 

 

Album: Jay-Z and Kanye West – Watch the Throne

It was too hard to predict what the final product would be when raps two biggest superstars came together. Sure, the lads have always had an input in each others work but a split album with both names sharing equal status on the cover marked a different collaboration. Would it be a Black album or a Blueprint 3? Thankfully, it’s in the league of the former.

Filler, the very thing which made Jay-Z’s later Blueprint releases tiresome, doesn’t rear its head once in this 16 track triumph. Like Kanye’s MBDTF, there’s a sense that any track could follow ‘Otis’ and ‘Why I Love You’ as a potential single. The variation across the LP makes this release all the more impressive.

In tracks 2, 3 and 4 the duo take us from feel good heights of the epic ‘Lift Off’, through the gritty charm of ‘Ni**as in Paris’ and into the soulful masterpiece ‘Otis’, where both manage to hit new levels of suave.

The bar never really drops throughout the album. Even 2.21 minute ‘Gotta Have It’ and ‘New Day’ with it’s autotune sample of ‘Feeling Good’ retain the head-bouncing charisma of opening track ‘No Church in the Wild.’

 

Gig: Why?

Time to get excited. The ultra-cool Why? are bringing their acoustic piano tour to The Button Factory on October 22. Ever since the release of the stunning LP Alopecia in 2008 this Californian hipsters have been a favourite of mine. The music is a funky blend of hip-hop with indie rock placing a heavy emphasis on percussion. And if their beautifully original sound isn’t enough to win you over, the lyrical genius of vocalist Yoni Wolf surely will. Tickets go on sale Friday morning.

Tune of Today

The second great track I’ve come across from their new album Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2. A brilliant combination of old school Beastie’s hip-hop with a laid back funky reggae sound courtesy of miss Santigold.