Los Angeles rapper/producer Nighthawk has released “The Eye”, a 9 minute track that puts together samples of his forthcoming album in the form of a mysterious radio broadcast called, “Nocturnal Radio”. This is an interesting introduction to his work and makes for good listening.
The tracks are produced by Nighthawk himself, The Prunes (Mo’ Wax/Grand Royal) and Jay Alpha, creating a diverse, raw lo-fi sound, coming straight out of left-field. Going by this small taster, we definitely look forward to hearing more from Nighthawk. Download “The Eye” for free now.
Starting on May 21st, IRM will release 16 compilations inspired by David Lynch & Mark Frost’s cult TV series Twin Peaks, to celebrate the broadcasting of the long-awaited season 3.
Three of those volumes will be dedicated to abstract hip-hop, instrumental hip-hop and underground rap. As an introduction to that particular side of the project (which will feature almost 200 musicians and bands from 35 countries in the fields of experimental/ambient music, electronica/IDM, noise, post-rock, indie pop/folk and so on), they have presented 5 tracks as a first glimpse of things to come. They will also be part of the official compilation volumes to be released later this year.
French label Hello LA focuses on hip hop, left field music and art. Their latest release from Sludge Factorie continues in the same vein with the 8 track album, “Smashed Rats”. Released on limited edition cassette, limited edition hand crafted CD and free digital there is also a very limited poster available too.
Musically Sludge Factorie live up to their name, mixing up hip hop, sludgey drone soundscapes and experimental raps the album is reminiscent of Anticon in their heyday. All fans of left field hip hop and experimental music should definitely check this out, along with the rest of the labels back catalogue.
Cryptochrome release the 6th video from their forthcoming album “More Human”. As ever “Cloud” is an exciting slice of off-key, electronic, hip hop with left-field leanings and a great video. Once again leaving us wanting more, we are definitely looking forward to the album and so should you be.
We are always interested in hearing new, slightly odd hip hop coming out of the UK and the new video from Oloff definitely fits the bill. Having been making music for himself for some years now, Bristol based Oloff is now putting his music out for public consumption.
With two albums up on his bandcamp site for free download, the track and video “Who Else Wish” are the latest fruits of his labour.
The Difference Machine return with their second full length album, “The 4th Side of the Eternal Triangle”. The album continues the groups journey into the outer limits of what we call hip hop. Taking elements of classic boom bap, wonky beats, psychedelia, alternative rock, Def Jux/Anticon style left-field hip hop and more to create their own, hard as hell, unique sound. I honestly can’t remember hearing another group sound quite like this, and that is definitely a good thing.
Musically, Dr Conspiracy takes the lead on the heavy beats, but enlists the help of a full band to carve out a truly trippy, heady concoction of experimental sounds. At times the sounds make your neck snap so hard it it nearly breaks, and then their are more ethereal moments that give you time to stop and reflect before being thrown right back into the thick of it, having you head banged against a brick wall. But this is one hell of an intriguing brick wall that you want to hit your head against again and again and again.
Add to all this some of the most entertaining, intelligent, non-typical vocal performances I’ve heard in sometime, including guest spots from Homeboy Sandman and Paten Locke, “The 4th Side of the Eternal Triangle” is one of the best albums we’ve heard all year. Avoiding the cliches of both mainstream and underground hip hop, The Difference Machine are treading their own path, on their own journey and doing extremely well. If you have any interest in non-mainstream, non-typical hip hop, or music in general, please give these guys a listen.
The album is out Friday 24th of July on LP, cassette and digital all available via their bandcamp page. Check out what a difference a machine makes, you won’t be disappointed.
Sorry we are a bit late on this one, but check out the awesome new video from Cryptochrome. The video is for the track “Playdough” which is taken from the forthcoming album, “More Human”. The video boasts full 360 degree, virtual reality viewing, which is truly mind blowing and the track is damn good too!
Issuez 7 returns with a ‘Breakerz’ featuring the vocal talents of Infinite Livez, Imagery and Passive65ive.
As ever this is a hard hitting, uncompromising piece of left-field hip hop. Each MC comes of nicely over the funky beat, flexing their unique skills. The single also features 2 more Issuez 7 tracks, ‘Man Down’ produced by Gold Panda and the Voider One remix of ‘Dangle’. Grab it now if you want something a bit different for your ears.
Left-field rapper and Anticon hero, Sole has a new label coming straight out of Denver.
Black Box Tapes is a new experimental hip hop and electronic label, although as time goes on they aim to go beyond these genres and simply release music they love.
‘The Shape Of Things To Come’ is a free label sampler featuring the likes of Skyrider, Mans Best Friend, Walter Gross and more. The tracks featured are definitely interesting and makes us excited for what is to come from this new label.