Ziga Murko – “mr. Morti (himself)”

mr. Morti (himself)

Practically anyone can make something complicated. It just took me 15+ steps to finish making this grilled cheese sandwich. (Which was delicious.) But, to make something complicated simple, that’s what separates good artists from great ones. Ziga Murko, a Slovenian “trombonist, composer, producer,” does this with his chill, organic beat “mr.Morti (himself).” [via] The track dips its feet in trip-hop, Nightmares On Wax territory, but stays very much in the realm of jazz music. This track isn’t much different than Jeremy Sutton’s ‘Mr. Morti’–an expression of self, raw and improvised. There’s a lot to like here, give this one a listen.

Octo/Leagues – Octo/Leagues [Beat Tape]

There isn’t a day where I don’t think, “Damn Australia, you fine. Your beat scene? Amazing. And dat ass.” It’s true though. I was talking to Holly from East to West a while back and she said it like this, “One day everyone just dropped their guitars and picked up keyboards.” And, thank Allah for that. From artists like Ta-ku to Charles Murdoch to The Blank—it’s gold. Has the smallest continent’s water supply somehow been tainted by ‘Michael’s Secret Stuff’!? (Space Jam reference for those knuckleheads who don’t know….) Point…there is a point to this rant…point is Aussie producers Octo and Leagues pair up to share space on a cassette tape release and it’s dope. Octo’s beats are jazzy, downtempo hip-hop instrumentals. Leagues makes spastic, fuzzy, funk fueled jams. Plain and simple: Octo/Leagues is good.

Octo/Leagues – Octo/Leagues [Beat Tape]

There isn’t a day where I don’t think, “Damn Australia, you fine. Your beat scene? Amazing. And dat ass.” It’s true though. I was talking to Holly from East to West a while back and she said it like this, “One day everyone just dropped their guitars and picked up keyboards.” And, thank Allah for that. From artists like Ta-ku to Charles Murdoch to The Blank–it’s gold. Has the smallest continent’s water supply somehow been tainted by ’Michael’s Secret Stuff’!? (Space Jam reference for those knuckleheads who don’t know….) Point…there is a point to this rant…point is Aussie producers Octo and Leagues pair up to share space on a cassette tape release and it’s dope. Octo’s beats are jazzy, downtempo hip-hop instrumentals. Leagues makes spastic, fuzzy, funk fueled jams. Plain and simple: Octo/Leagues is good.

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J Biscuits – Percs & Curses [EP]

Prepare to be cursed. Cursed to listen to one EP, all day, nonstop. Why? Because. (“Lamest curse ever,” says Sekhemkhet.) Percs & Curses is a sunny day, checkered-blanket picnic lifted away by ants. It’s some sort of bizarro, breezy, 75-degree music burrito—a collage of Eastern influences, bossa nova guitar licks and hip-hop, hipity-hop, boom bap jawns. (Enough qualifiers already!) The five-track EP is also home to some dope beats. J Biscuits, Brighton producer keeps his sounds organic. Crisp drums. Reedy sax. It’s a refreshing curse. Press play…if you dare. 

Constrobuz – Rain and Dust [Beat Tape]

It’s always a good idea to use Times New Roman on an album cover. Just ask NC producer Constrobuz and he’ll agree. So posh. So snooty/business class like. Yeah…. Honestly, I love this Japanese bootleg look—it’s a statement dunk. It’s a, “Yeah, these are some dope jazzy hip-hop beats. It’s so good people are dubbing it on tapes and selling them at street markets/bazaars. Fuck the industry!” Constrobuz is best known for the producing Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire’s “Lou Ferigno’s Mad” and a collabo track featuring Danny Brown. This tape takes a step away from his usual oddball, quirky, muffled sampling work and turns it way down. Way down. Rain and Dust is so chill you’ll have to drink coffee while listening to avoid frostbite. Start brewing and press that sideways triangle all day long.

 

Seven Davis Jr. – Lo-Fi Vintage [Album]

Earlier this month, Los Angeles producer (with coolest name in the biz,) Seven Davis Jr. released Lo-Fi Vintage a mostly experimental beat project. The album title is ironic because it’s not completely lo-fi or vintage. It dances between future funk to glitchy, awkward rhythmic beats.  Sometimes he’ll manipulate vocals to soak (wobble, down/up-pitch, flood, distort) within the track’s spastic percussion. Don’t get me wrong, it’s interesting, but it can get pretty weird, pretty fast. In fact, the whole release is extremely weird, but I’m fairly certain that’s how Seven wants it. If you’re unfamiliar with the cat he’s recently been included in a Brownswood Recording compilationKutmah presents Worldwide Family Vol. 2. Other artists featured on the release include previously unreleased Flying Lotus, Samiyam, Slugabed and Hudson Mohawk—so he’s in good company. Lo-Fi Vintage is odd, but it’s worth a listen.

Nefarious! – The Dream Theory [Album]

Nefarious is “(typically of an action or activity) Wicked or criminal.” It’s a word that’s often replaced by villainous or mischievous—it’s an old term relegated to teen detective novels. Nefarious!, Soul Dojo producer, pumps life back into the word. On The Dream Theory Nef uses heavy 808s, flowing synths and bong gurgles to inflate the tracks until they pop. “Tolerance Break” sounds like a welcome mutation of his track “Still You” (a personal favorite) from his previous release. “Oceans” is a dream. It’s wavy. Its pads are Dragon Ball Z cloud surfing. This release is wicked—it’s criminal. This release is nefarious. For hip-hop heads and beat fanatics of all kinds this album is a must listen.  

Shatter Hands – 404 Sessions [Album]

What’s fuzzy, spits out bass and sports a mean growl? A grizzly bear!? Yes, but no. It’s Shatter Hands‘s 404 Sessions. (What’s lamer than that intro? Nothing. Sorry.) Really, these beats are fuzzy, jazzy, sweet, sexy, and head nodding bliss.

Shatter Hands says, “I bought the Roland SP-404SX back in August 2011….never got around to reading the manual….Then in mid-February 2012 I sat down, read the manual, [and] made the first session….” [via]  

I usually never read the manual to anything, I kind of just say, “Fuck it, how hard can this be…” (like, when I’m writing introductions).  But, Shatter Hands doesn’t skip the instructions and it’s good he doesn’t. These beats are nice.

Hashfinger – M.Twelve [Beat Tape]

This is dope. Hashfinger has one part dopeness, two parts hip-hop flowing through his veins. Apparently he’s ill because these competing interests don’t leave much room for blood (which he’s sweat out, along with his tears to make M.Twelve).

The UK producer is well versed in the art of turntabilsm and slices smooth, cigar-clipped jazz records into production masterpieces. It has piano samples that tip-toe, dance, chit-chat, move to the bedroom to lulling bass lines—its wide-eyed, caffeinated heartbeat. This is jazzy hip-hop, hip-hop and jazz, jazze phizzle, fantastic music. This tape is a must listen.

Hashfinger – M.Twelve [Beat Tape]

This is dope. Hashfinger has one part dopeness, two parts hip-hop flowing through his veins. Apparently he’s ill because these competing interests don’t leave much room for blood (which he’s sweat out, along with his tears to make M.Twelve).

The UK producer is well versed in the art of turntabilsm and slices smooth, cigar-clipped jazz records into production masterpieces. It has piano samples that tip-toe, dance, chit-chat, move to the bedroom to lulling bass lines–its wide-eyed, caffeinated heartbeat. This is jazzy hip-hop, hip-hop and jazz, jazze phizzle, fantastic music. This tape is a must listen.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/track=267786150/size=grande/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/

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