Archive for the tag “classic hip hop”

Herma Puma feat. QNC – Killing Me 7″

UK proHR016S_Asideducer Herma Puma returns with a new single on Hero Records featuring hip hop legends QNC.
The single is a double A side 7″ release with the slick ‘Killing Me’ leading the way. This is a smooth slice of straight up boom bap hip hop.
On the flip side things get more grimey, as Herma Puma aka Pimpernel Jones, gets low down and dirty on the production. ‘I Did It (For Hip Hop)’ is a real hard, head nodding track, with QNC laying down the law, taking it back to why they started in the game.
A must for any golden era hip hop fans and funky beat lovers, you can grab the limited 7″ now.

The Doom Brotherz – The Mystery of the Phantom Flames

Solomon Caine hadooms teamed up with rapper Slim Pickens for the new project, “The Doom Brotherz”.
As with his previous releases, Solomon Caine’s production is hip hop in its classic form. Mixing up soul, funk, jazz and cinematic samples to create a sound that can only really be explained as raw, underground, head nodding hip hop. Slim’s rhymes blend perfectly with the beats, staying as raw as the beats and just as funky.
Made up of 14 tracks, the album works well as a whole, with no track lasting longer than 3 minutes,  it is kept direct and straight to the point. No messing around here, this is raw, timeless, neck snapping hip hop. The album is available now via bandcamp, a must for all true hip hop fans.

Jazz Spastiks – ‘The Product’ Remixes

JazzThe Jazz Spastiks released their excellent, “The Product” album earlier this year, taking things back to the classic sampled based hip hop sound.
Now they unleased “The Product Remixes” album. Taking the albums vocal tracks, featuring Sach, Lady Bug Mecca,Moka Only, Yesh, Apani B Fly and Count Bass D, and giving them a new twist and re-fix.
Available now on CD and in conjunction with Dusty Platter, on limited black and blue vinyl 12″ available HERE.

Kista & Glad2mecha – Collecting Dust

kista Soundweight Records and Dusty Platter join forces once again to bring you the new album from Kista and Glad2Mecha. “Collecting Dust” is a great collection of sample driven hip hop, harking back to the sounds of the early 90’s. As I’m a bit late on this one, the vinyl LP is now sold out, but you can still grab a digital copy from bandcamp. Also check out the video from “Nouns and Verbs”, featuring lots of familiar faces.


Injury Reserve – Cooler Colors

coolcoloHere is something that caught my ear whilst sifting through the large amounts of music I get sent. Injury Reserve are a 3 piece hip hop group from the US, making straight up, funky but hard-hitting hip hop.
They have just released their new EP, “Cooler Colors” , their sound reminds me of the “golden era” groups like Souls Of Mischief, Pharcyde and so on, so you know you will dig this!
It’s nice hearing younger kids taking the more traditional hip hop sound and bringing into the future.
Seven tracks long and free to download…what more do you want?

VA – Where Pathways Meet

pathHere is an excellent new compilation put together by the people over at the Mos Eisley Music blog. The blog covers a variety of music, not unlike us here at TLHS, but this compilation focuses on contemporary hip hop from around the world.
15 tracks deep, “Where Pathways Meet” features the talents of the Jazz Spastiks, Soundsci, Kista, to name but a few. Each track is unique whilst still keeping that funky, traditional hip hop sound. I could run down each track for you, but in all honestly you should just listen. If you like jazzy, funky, heavy beat hip hop, you will want to get downloading this compilation, plus it’s all yours for free! Big up Mos Eisley Music!

Solomon Caine – Podcast & Interview

caineWith his new album out now, Solomon Caine has kindly taken time out to be the guest selector for our latest podcast and answer a few of our questions…read on!

Please introduce yourself and let everyone know who you are and what you do.
My name is Solomon Caine; I am a visual philosopher, sorcerer of sound and surrealist. The name ‘Solomon’ equals wisdom and ‘Caine’ slew ‘Abel’. Together it equates to a balance of light and dark.

When did you start making music?
I studied Fine Art at University and translated the visual art forms into sound in the year 2000. That’s when it all begun.

What were your early influences?
To be honest my early influences is 90s hip hop, the golden era. Which is inspired by soul, rhythm and blues, jazz, funk and reggae. Understanding the principles of music is a journey, a journey which I still travel along to this very day.

Has it always been hip hop, or have you ever made or considered making any other forms of music?
It has always been hip hop, but roots reggae is a music that I would love to make. The knowledge, consciousness and wisdom that I have absorbed from roots reggae is something that I respect greatly.

You have a new album out, “Guerilla Godz…Unmasked The Phantom”, can you describe the album and explain the concept behind the music.
The album is classic 1990s, Wu-Tang inspired, concept based hip hop. The concept of the album is the reverse of evolution. Where science believes we descend from apes, the Guerilla Godz prophecy is that we evolve into apes, with a higher state of consciousness and a god like understanding of the principals of the universe. The MC’s on the album are human beings that are in touch with future Godz. This manifests itself through rhymes and music.

There is a large cinematic influence in your music. Has this had an effected on your music and sound?
Absolutely, movie soundtracks are the foundations of what I do.

On that note, what’s your favourite kung-fu film?
The Shoguns Assassin, everything you need to know about 70’s movies is contained in that film.

What’s your favourite Sci-fi film?
My favourite has to be The Omega Man, it’s a post-apocalyptic masterpiece.

For you, what makes a truly great track or record?
A song that is timeless.

Do you have plans to work with any MC’s in the future?
Yeah, I see and hear new things everyday, the way I see things is the possibilities are endless.

Is it hard finding the right MC’s to fit your sound?
Yeah it is, because I like to work with MC’s that are intelligent and articulate, with an open mind and a voice that tonally compliments what I do. In return I want to compliment what they bring, it’s a two-way thing. It’s like ingredient’s in a kitchen, use the right ingredients and you can create a tasty dish.

You are signed to Canadian label Make Believe Records, how did that come about?
I remixed a couple of joints for a group that are on the label, called Dragon Fli Empire. They approached me about joining the label and I thought it would be a great idea. They said I’m allowed full artistic freedom with whatever I do.

Do you try to make music that fits into the modern vision of hip hop, or are you happy just doing your thing and not caring about the rest of the world?
I’ve never felt the need to fit in to anything that is going on, because all the music I truly respect was innovative in the time of which it was produced. My philosophy is why try to be someone else when you can be yourself.

(I asked this to the last person I interviewed, but I like the question so) Which cartoon , old or new, would you like to provide the soundtrack for?
That’s a phat question, Afro Samurai.

What’s next for Solomon Caine? What can we expect to hear in the future?
I’m going to make a series of short films, an instrumental album and a lot more collaborations with talented artist.

Finally, any shout out or final thoughts?
Can I give a shout out to anyone who is doing their own thing for the right reasons. My final thought is to follow your dreams, if you believe enough they will become a reality.

“Guerilla Godz…Unmask The Phantom” is out now for name your price release on bandcamp, and listen to the excellent podcast mix here.

Solomon Caine – Guerilla Godz… Unmask the Phantom


UK producer Solomon Caine brings us his new album packed full of super heavy, neck snapping, classic hip hop.
Using the Planet Of The Apes as a concept for the album, Caine has enlisted the help of MC’s Tainted Wisdom, Kyvah Johnston, Starvin B and Kasan Da Julah, all to great effect.
Mixing kung-fu and sci-fi soundtracks, library samples, soul, funk and of course raw, rugged hip hop beats. Coming off sounding like classic Wu-Tang, but this is not a simple carbon copy, Caine has brought the classic rawness of the old school to create a timeless album.
Mixing instrumentals and vocal tracks, “Guerilla Godz…Unmask The Phantom” is out on Makebelieve Records April 11th. This is one of the heaviest, head banging albums I’ve heard in a long time.
Check out the video for the free download single  “Oasis of Fear”.

UGeorge – Blowing Up feat. SoundSci (video)

Check out the new video from UGeorge featuring Soundsci. “Blowing Up” is taken from the World Expo Records 2014 Sampler 10″ single, which also features new tracks from Soundsci and Ollie Teeba, all taken from their forthcoming albums. As ever, this is classic hip hop with emphasis on the boom and the bap!

Chrome & Illinspired – You Should Know video

UK hip hop veteran Chrome of Def Tex fame, has teamed up with Illinspired to make this hard-hitting, funky as hell joint. “You Should Know” is classic b-boy business, perfect for the heavy breaks, fast beats and old school uk hip hop fans. Out now on B-Line Recordings, “You Should Know” is taken from the forthcoming album, “The All C n I” released in the Spring.
“This is grown man rap”

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