Tobacco releases “Ripe & Majestic”, a new album of rare instrumentals and unreleased tracks recorded between 2007 and 2017.
These include instrumental versions of tracks by Beans, the instrumentals of remixes of people such as Sole, The Go Team, Dirty Ghosts and other unused beats and outtakes.
All the tracks on offer are unmistakably Tobacco, they have his signature sound, but all work perfectly as stand alone instrumental tracks. This is heavy, grinding, sometimes brutal electronic beat music, taking in influence from psychedlia, indie rock, hip hop and god knows what else, but it works and works well.
Out August 25th Red Cult Records.
The Casual Sexists are back with a brand new EP, “Karakara” released 11th August on Feral Media. Spiking their pop cocktail with skulking dancehall rhythms and minimalistic electro-funk, The Casual Sexists bring the combination to a dizzying high with this new EP.
The title track places a pitiful but tenacious stalker in the Casuals’ crosshairs, torn apart by Varrick in sardonic and sultry tones against a musical backdrop of speaker-rattling basslines, lo-fi percussion and a maddeningly catchy chorus.
The fractured funk jalopy that is “Curse” finds Varrick and Ed confronting the mixed feelings of sustained disillusionment and fleeting triumph inherent in the creative process—whilst wryly noting the slight absurdity of applying such lofty dramatics to their DIY milieu.
Third and final is “Pop Music”, a celebration of one of the Casuals’ very favourite things, yakked with detached glee over an angular electro rhythm littered with samples and some very janked-up percussion.
For the as-yet-unfamiliar, The Casual Sexists began their musical life in London before relocating to Varrick’s native NYC, where they make music using a computer along with various domestic objects, animal sounds and the overwhelming madness of the world at large.
Grab the EP on the 11th HERE and in the mean time check out the video for Karakara, its worth it for Ed Zeds dancing alone!
The Psychedelic Ensemble release the new album “Dive”, featuring vocals from Bobby Smokes, who is in fact the Ensembles rapping alter ago.
The album mixes left-field electronics, future beats, jazz, and psychedelics with vocals that are somewhere between rapping and spoken word. Although the album may not always work perfectly, Psychedelic Ensemble has definitely created a really interesting piece work, that will need repeat listens to gain its full potential.
UK hip hop label SFDB are back after a good few years in the wilderness. The new release is from Nomad entitled “Prelude” and as you would expect from a SFDB release its a fine blend of solid, funky, head nodding beats and on point rhymes.
Production is handled by brothers Daniel and Mark Richardson, using nice layers of distortion, hints of psychedelia and other effects, to create a sound that set “Prelude” apart from your everyday UK hip hop. Nomad compliments of beats with captivating tales and word play. More laid back than up in your face, but still able to grab and hold your attention.
It’s good to have SFDB Records back, especially as they have some of the best artwork in UK hip hop. “Prelude” is released September 1st.
Check out the awesome new video from The Difference Machine. “A Night in the Life of the Day Tripper” is taken from one of our favourite albums of last year, “The 4th Side of the Eternal Triangle“.
Pete Sasqwax and Madslo have joined forces to create a new cassette release, “ADSR”. Out now on I Had An Accident records, each producer takes 20 minutes to show case their own brands of hard hitting, dirty, dusty, heavy as hell beats. In both cases, the joint tape is some of the producers best work to date. Truly eerie, atmospheric, head nodding and entertaining.
Grab the limited cassette or download now!
Get ready for the latest terrestrial album from Dj Pnutz on Bulabeats Records, “16 Psyche”. “16 Psyche” introduces 17 brand new radio friendly hip-hop and breakbeat instrumentals with out of this world interludes and retro sci-fi sound bytes. Often compared to the production styles of The Avalanches and Dj Shadow, Dj Pnutz new album “16 Psyche” offers an uptempo riff on instrumental beat albums while taking the listener on a cosmic funk journey through the galaxy.
“16 Psyche” is a definite must for all breakbeat fans, keeping the head nodders and dance floors happy. Pnutz has crafted a fun and funky album that gets dark at times, but in the best possible way. One thing is for sure she definitely knows her heavy hard hitting drums!
The Natural Curriculum producer Aver releases his first fully instrumental album “Die Berlin Dateien” on Village Live Records soon. Having been a fan of Avers production for sometime now (see the interview with the man himself here) this is highly exciting news!
You can pre-order the LP from July 27th but for now check out the promo video below and make sure to check out his pretty vast back catalogue here.
Its well worth it.
If its jazzy, soulful, mellow beats you are after then look no further than Andrew Cosentino’s recent album “Islip Speedway”. The album is a super nice mix of earthy, electronic soul, slow churning beats and atmospheric soundscapes. We were impressed and think you will be too. Grab it now for free download!