Flamingosis – “She Loved Me”

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If you’re a fan of chopped up funk, samba and soul riffs with an electronic flair then Aaron Velasquez’s alter ego Flamingosis needs to be on your radar. The Dilla-inspired boom-bap producer often re-imagines classic hip-hop jawns and flips them into groovy, dancefloor bound renditions. Flamingosis’s latest beat “She Loved Me” is an upbeat rework of The Cyrkle’s “The Visit (She Was Here).“ Its guitar chops are tops and its driving drum loop is on point. You’ll want to peep this.

Keor Meteor – Inner Space [EP]

We’re not alone. We know this, right? Big universe, we’ve discovered several planets that could support life, yadda, yadda. But, do you believe in UFOs, man, you know, “ALIENS.” That we’ve been visited a la Close Encounters, Signs…. Well, I’ve been silently following Keor Meteor for a while now. The Parisian hip-hop producer is a socially conscious sampling machine who’s frequently injecting news soundbites and documentary commentary into his sounds. And, on Inner Space, his newest EP, he takes on the notion that we may not be alone by cranking out these paranoid jazzy beats. For the release’s 15 minute runtime you’ll be nodding your head, “Yes,” to the sounds of its crazy dope boom-bap, UFO talk. (Real talk: If you’re ever trying to persuade someone it always works best when you do it over a dope beat.) (Sidenote: That’s possibly how Mac Miller persuaded people into thinking he was good.) Keor Meteor, Inner Space, get it, because aliens. 

TeV95 – Crime Loops [Beat Tape]

Some call it stealing, some call it reinvention, for me, sampling in hip-hop is a necessity. TeV95 samples, borrows, steals and loops bits of soul records until they’re hissing golden-era sounds. He describes this beat tape like this: Crime Loops is a collage of beats edits and loops, that sound exude a taste of urban culture with a hint of Brooklyn’s art renaissance. [via] Well, on “Not Dead” he samples Coldplay—not so sure how ‘urban’ that is—but when flipped/chopped/reversed it’s a solid boom bap instrumental. There’s nothing extremely complex going on with this release, but if you’re in the mood for dusty beats Crime Loops will quell your thirst.

BKBROWN -17AFFAIR [Beat Tape]

Boxy Brown BKBROWN, producer who identifies with both Chicago and San Diego (two tortured sports cities, unless you’re from the south side,) puts together a nice lil’ beat tape for your enjoyment. 17 AFFAIR features sampled piano, backwards walking movement and  heavy bass to create some good ole’ boom-to-the-bap. Today, I’ve been catching up on my comics (i.e., Chew, Walking Dead, American Vampire, Sweet Tooth, other nerdy shit) and these minimalist hip-hop joints have just the right vibe to accompany my Saturday surfing. Good boom bap, good reads, nice weather, is there a better combo? Snag these tracks right away.

Abnormal – Speaking In Midi [Beat Tape]

Speaking In Midi is both a beat tape by 19 year-old producer, Abnormal, and a goal of mine to accomplish. Abnormal says, “The title ‘Speaking In MIDI’ is a play on the phrase speaking in code. Instead of relying on words to convey a message I let the instrumentals tell a story. Being fluent in ‘MIDI’ would allow me to better translate this release’s blips, pads and fleeting chorus stabs into perfect prose. “Scott & Ramona,” in plain English, is a boom bap, bass smash, orchestral back and forth beat. Something odd happens 30 seconds in as Common’s “The Light” makes a cameo appearance—it throws away its rhythm for a poorly placed acapella. That said this tape is dope, dank juice, awesome music.

It’s better than Rosetta Stone: http://iamabnormal.bandcamp.com/