Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Evil Ebenezer - Howl (2013)

Dark beats and raps for your nights prowling 'these streets'.  Support independent hip-hop.  Van City we out here!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

DJ Frane - Hi Dusty Stranger (2013)

Bringing back a real chillout vibe with this release. This is late night music...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Evil Needle - Qualia (2013)

Dude is killin' it in the beat game.  Dopeness...

Friday, February 1, 2013

Ten Million Sounds - Finding Time (2013)

A real nice mix of chill instrumentals.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Jonti - Sine & Moon (2012)

Just discovered this gem of an album.  Highly psychedelic, highly recommended.

Free download from Stones Throw.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Evil Needle - Cirrostratus (2012)

Nick Wisdom - Big Shiny House EP (2013)

Monday, January 7, 2013

Tops in 2012

Happy New Year

I wrote this up a couple weeks back and even though the calendar has flipped, I wanted to share it on the blog.  It wasn't easy to slim down but I decided to place not only the music that I listened to the most, but the albums I consider to be statements of where we were in 2012. 

1 - Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes
Thanks to Mr. Steven Ellison, and the huge anticipation and eventual fruition of this project, this was the year that Brainfeeder broke out! I had the great pleasure of seeing him perform live twice this year and they were both defining concert experiences. Hands down, best beats in the world. There I said it, let's move on.

2 - TNGHT - EP
Humongous on the track!  Two masters of their craft come together for the best EP of the year. (half Canadian, I might add)  I knew it was fire the first time I heard it and 'Higher Ground' became a guaranteed party smasher for dj's the world 'round.

3 - Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city
Best rap album of the year.  This kid can write seriously good stories and his hooks are so damn catchy.

This is grown mans hip-hop.  Mad talented producer. 

5 - Blue Sky Black Death & Nacho Picasso - Lord of the Fly
This was released back in January but its stays on the phone and in the car. Epic Blue Sky Black Death beats with entertaining drugged out raps. "No pupils, I'm enlightened. I'm eatin' thunder, I'm crappin' lightning"

6 - Captain Murphy - Duality
I'm a believer! All hail the Captain.

7 - Moka Only - Airport 6
When I'm having a downer day, Moka always makes me feel better somehow. He releases more material than any rapper/producer out there and it's consistently good but I think this album really epitomizes him as an artist and the beats are top game. 

8 - Killer Mike - R.A.P Music
This is hard at you fuckin' rap music. What a damn team-up with El-P.

9 - Lana Del Rey - Born to Die
A little guilty pleasure. Pop music with a dark seductive side.

10 - The Gaslamp Killer - Breakthrough
Another example of the Brainfeeder takeover. A chaotic collection of electro madness to round out the top ten. 

My reputation stands as an official beat addict. Here's a few more mentionable tunes that got plenty of play last year:

PEACE in 2013

Monday, December 3, 2012

Arapaima - Sun Key 1 (2012)

If you're down with TNGHT, pump this RGHT NW!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Dday One - In Session #16

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Chief - Shadows Chapter 1 (2011)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Bahwee - Flavors 2 (2012)

Evil Needle - Homeworks EP (2012)

Elaquent - Parallel (2012)

Shag - Me Again (2012)

Continuos expansive output from this young producer.

Potatohead People - Kosmichemusik EP (2012)

The discovery of this album and many more in the past year has inspired me to start sharing my tastes here again.  Bandcamp is one of the best ways to sample and buy music right now.  The artist gets a larger percentage of the purchase than iTunes, plus lossless audio rules!  Let us continue...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Teebs - 09 (2009)

A little collection of tracks that are the perfect introduction to the man who goes by Teebs.  This is glitch-hop on another planet.  Pulsating auras and bright accents fill the sound stage with a euphoric glitter that enlightens while it soothes.  It begins with a fifteen minute BBC radio mix and nine other songs worthy of the repeat button.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Piano Overlord - The Singles Collection 03-05

Yet another alias of Scott Heron aka Prefuse 73. I wasn't even aware of this incarnation until I stumbled across it in a small record store back home. On this project we hear a more acoustic approach that differs from the usual glitchy sample chops and eerie processed landscapes. Full, vibrant tunes are interspersed with free-form jazz type ones that cycle the listeners experience. Not to worry though, there's plenty of beats to keep the head-nodders happy. :^)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Morcheeba - Charango (2002)

Smoky flavours here from these big players in UK trip-hop. The last outing with Skye Edwards before her return on 2010's Blood Like Lemonade. I'm catching them live on this tour for sure. See you there.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Q4 - Sound Surroundings (2010)

The Q4 is a Dutch hip-hop collaborative formed around 2005. While listening I imagine a lonely tour down the dark, narrow alleyways of Amsterdam, occasionally passing a bright neon glow and the intoxicating emanation of coffee shops. Guest voices here play the people you pass along the way. Who might you meet?