NxxxxxS comes through with a new album. Fujita scale or Fujita–Pearson scale is a scale for rating tornado intensity. The rating is based on the amount of damage a ornado causes. It’s the theme for this album. His goal was to maintain a vibe throughout the release and create an amotsphere. For him this is not a ordinary beattape, and we agree. It’s a great album that you’ll have on repeat. Creative melodies and shifting beats make you keep on listening.
Shafiq Husayn, member of SA-RA Creative Partners, is a true veteran and still has a big impact on the contemporary music scene with his music. Shafiq has a new record planned for release early 2015, entitled ‘L∞P’. The three track Ep, named ‘It’s Better For You‘, is a tease and contains the first single from the upcoming album. The opening track features Anderson Paak. The list of collaborators for the album features the likes of Hiatus Kayote, Thundercat, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Fatima and many more.
French imprint B.YRSLF Division is making noise for some years now and are expanding the family. A new sister label is coming up. The new label Widad Records is curated by Taoufik aka Daryl. There are already a few Ep’s planned for release, so keep an eye out. As an introduction to the sounds that they will be sharing, they released a compilation record. The aim of the record label is to contribute to the sharing of electronic music in the Mediterranean shores. See it like a sort of musical bridge to the Orienrtal music scene. Get your copy of the compilation here.
The Virginia based producer Evenings dropped a new Ep called ‘Gardener‘. You might know the guy from his release on the Friends of Friends label. With this latest output he keeps close to his signature sound and delivers an experimental tape. With layers of sounds and samples he created different atmospheres. The whole Ep is an exploration of sounds. Evenings proofs his abbility to work well with samples and also be creative with synths and composing melodies and rhythms. Enjoy!
From the first track, Yung Gutted overwhelms you with deep basses and heavy drums. ‘Towers‘ contains raw material. Dirty beats made out of wistfully samples and trapy like drums. Real head-nod music. Two tracks contain the vocals of rapper Czarquan. ‘Towers’ Ep is the second part of a three part collaboration between Earnest Endeavours and design studio Groupe CCC from Paris and is the debut Ep from Yung Gutted on the Earnest Endeavours label. Have a listen to the mixtape from last summer of the Brooklyn born and raised producer, DJ and drummer here.
Somehtinksounds is so nice to release two tracks from the vinyl release ‘The Love Below 002′ as a limited digital download. This is for the people without a vinyl player and in need for these two amazing jams. So be fast, because after a certain amount of downloads they will take it down. The download contains Ossie’s Bump Edit from Fela Kuti’s ‘Shakara’. The other track is PhOtOmachine‘s Raw Edit of H.E.R from Musiq. Two funky tracks and in popular demand. Go get it.
The skateboard clothing brand Vans partnerd up with the prominent LA label Friends of Friends. Together they worked on a project called ‘What’s Good Los Angeles’. Some of the most innovative, creative and outstanding LA-based artists got involved in the project and deliverd music. Dam Funk, Baths, Jerome LOL, Salva collaborating with Problem and Hodgy Beats collaborating with Mr. Carmack are featured on the resulting Ep ‘What’s Good LA’. It’s all free and up for grabs over at Vans. So hop on over here to claim your copy.
Leaving Records releases some footwork/juke rhythms with the ‘Menace In The Phantom’ album from Cakedog, also known as Ahnnu. This album is inspired by the Battlegroundz of Chicago, as you can see from the cover of the cassette, and a homage to the works of the late, great DJ Rashad. This album delivers a good dose of legitimate tracks, with the footwork trademark swift snares and hasty hi-hats. Get yourself a copy of the cassette over at Stones Throw, including a digital download.
The latest addition to the Activia Benz imprint is Toby Gale. The cool ass label is a great home for the 8-bit, synth heavy productions of Toby Gale. The label is found by weirdacool producer Slugabed, who has a clear vision with the imprint. They release music they like and have fun doing it. ‘The Good Of The Night‘ Ep promises to be a mash-up of hip-hop, house and glitchy beats. With ‘Air Bones’ you find yourself being comforted by smooth rhythms and peaceful melodies. Expect the release to drop November 10.
Raw, dirty and heavy sample layered beats with crunchy drums is a specialty of S. Maharba. Have a listen at his bandcamp page to get a taste. After being out of the spotlight for some time now, S. Maharba is back with a new upcoming release on the London based Cleaning Tapes label. With the previewed track ‘Memorial‘ we hear a more experimental side of the producer. S. Maharba created wide melancholy sounds and composed a satisfying track. We’ll have to wait till Ocotber 13 to hear the rest of the Ep.