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Abstract Orchestra – Dilla

Inspired by the legendary live performances of The Roots with Jay-Z and the 40 piece orchestral arrangements by Miguel-Atwood Ferguson of the work of J Dilla, classic arranging techniques underpin modern loop-based structures.The band itself is based on the classic jazz big band instrumentation of saxes, trumpets and trombones and features the cream of the north of England’s jazz scene who collectively have played with Jamiroquai, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mark Ronson, Martha Reeves, John Legend & the Roots, Roots Manuva and Amy Winehouse.
“Dilla” by Abstract Orchestra is a tribute to the work of the highly acclaimed and influential producer. Opener”Welcome to Detroit/The Diary”takes the the vocal sample from Isaac Hayes’s “Man’s Temptation” and places it against lush brass and driving beats while”Workinonit”Transplants the original 10cc guitar samples from the Dilla original onto biting trumpets and aggressive saxes, underpinned as always by Joost Hendrickx’s on point drumming. On”Stop”vocalist Anna Uhuru handles the Dionne Warwick vocal with assurance while the band lay down an arrangement that is reminiscent of the work of David Axelrod and Don Sebeskey, both big sources of inspiration for Abstract Orchestra.
This album will please any Dilla fans, taking the original Dilla tracks and his sample sources and presenting back to the listener and a new and unique way. The album is released on June 30th on limited vinyl, CD and digital. Pre-order your copy now.

 

Jason Furlow – Last Man Standing

Last year saw the return of Sebash, one half of the classic hip hop freak funkers New Kingdom, via the excellent Mongrels album, “Attack The Monolith”. Now the other half, Nosaj aka Jason Furlow returns with a brand new cassette single, “Last Man Standing”.
Jason lays his unmistakable raspy vocals over a cinematic, electronic, sharp yet laid back hip hop rhythm to great effect. The b-side, “Modern Man” features fellow electro freakster CX Kidtronik, so you know this is going to be something special.
Released on the 30th of June via Dub Ditch Picnic on limited cassette single and digital. If seeing is believing then I believe!

Mr Thing and Micall Parknsun – The Raw

Check out the new track from Mr Thing and Micall Parknsun. “The Raw” is a quality slice of low slung, head nodding hip hop, keeping it unashamedly rugged, real and underground. This is the first single taken from the forthcoming album, “Lets Finish What We Started” and is definitely proving Thing and Parky make a great combination. Oh and it has an awesome video too!

Dr Strange and Friends

The Diabolical Dr Strange is back with a tasty free album featuring the good doctor on production and a roaster of his friends on the vocals. This is 10 tracks of heavy, cellar dwelling hip hop, rough and raw, just how we like it. As ever Doc Strange captures that grimy, underground, early 90’s sound and feel, bringing it up to date and sounding fresh.
Out now for free download!

Bare Beats & Dusty Ohms – The Bare Dusty Beat Tape

UK producers Bare Beats and Dusty Ohms have teamed up to release the beat tape, “The Bare Dusty Beat Tape”. Bare Beats takes control on the first side of the tape, with a little help from Jabba Tha Kut and Dusty Ohms handles side two. The two beat makers have come together to create a beat tape with an overall vibe that links the pairs production and creates a very enjoyable listen. Electronic, wonky, forward thinking hip hop beats are the order of the day here, all perfectly executed over 26 tracks.
Out now on Millennium Jazz  records.

Cryptochrome – More Human

Cryptochrome’s second album, “More Human” is now available for download. Having release a slew of videos to preempt the full length release, you can now grab the album in full and enjoy one of the most entertaining, interesting, genre blending albums of the year. Taking influence from underground hip hop, trip hop, electronica, folk and more, “More Human” is a truly refreshing and unique album. Mixing Una’s Bjork-esque vocals with Anik’s well rounded rhyming skill all over SON’s razor sharp production, the album has something for everyone. We urge you to get your copy and fill your head with cryptochrome!

 

Mr Ekow – Between Haircuts

UK rapper Mr Ekow is back with a new EP, “Between Haircuts”. The EP continues Ekows journey into soulful, electronic hip hop featuring production from TheUnsung, Prospect and Taiko. The EP also feature the guest vocals of Myles the Rhetorical, Titi the Writer and Ebonie G. All fans of hip hop, neo-soul and smooth electronics will enjoy this EP, so grab it now!

DJ Supreme – Artric feat. Icepick

The legendary DJ Supreme from the classic hardcore UK hip hop group Hijack is back with a new single featuring veteran rhymer Icepick. Carrying on with his unique and uncompromising hard hitting sound, this is a must for all old school and new school b-boys out there.
Grab it now on white vinyl from Nake Ape Records.

 

Mongrels – Attack The Megalith Remix EP

Mongrels are back with a special remix EP, taking tracks from their excellent “Attack The Monolith” LP, a definite highlight of last year, and giving them a new twist.
“Attack The Megalith” is curated and compiled by frontman Kid Acne, who has enlisted friends and extended family to pick up the mantle of beat duties.
Remixes come from Third Person Lurkin, Juga-Naut, ex-Attica Blues member Charlie Dark, Sam Zircon, Hash Fingers, and King Kashmere (who also appears vocally). The two remixes really doing it for us are the electro stomp of “Skeleton Drums” by Skint Records main man Damien Harris aka Midfield General and the gritty, dirt filled distortion of “You Dig Raps pt2” by Blah Records producer Morriachi.
Coming in a hand printed sleeve with an exclusive enamel badge and embroidered patch with each order, grab this while you can! Pre-order now from Kid Acne’s website and check out the groups Soundcloud page for previews.

Podcast No. 16

We return with the latest in our series of podcast. With no guest host, we have put together some of our favourite tracks from the past few months. Covering hip hop, instrumental beats, funk, afro-beat, electronica and all that good stuff.

Tracklist –

Torb The Roach & Floppy McSpace – Tusen baht
AVER – The Land Of The Oversharers
Buddy Peace – My Rain
Your Old Droog – Help feat. Wiki & Edan
The Beta Club – Library Quakes
Revbjelde – Out Of The Unknown
SJOB – Let’s Do It
Clutchy Hopkins & Fat Albert Einstein – Mojave Dervish
El Michels Affair – Tearz feat. The Shacks & Lee Fields
Gonjasufi – Your Maker (Daddy G Remix)
Strange U – Cimmerian Shade
Sludge Factorie – Sunday
Carpetface – Don’t Get It Twisted
David Baron – The Steps
Keno – Studio One
Daryl Donald – Night Games

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