Introspective themes, stream of consciousness line to line, and a downtempo beat seem to always creep up on me at the best of times.
Distant Star(of the Expansions Collective tribe) has just released his latest album, Arrive, which dives deep into the underground rapper’s daily life. Third track, “Renaissance,” spits lines most rappers wouldn’t. He keeps it real about his adult life, working the 9-5 especially in lines like, ”it ain’t just booster seats in this black truck.” Other tracks let your mind escape, such as the gritty “Real” where the beat gets growly and low while DS’ flow impressively never takes a break.
Alongside with killer, dark production – I love the way DistantStarr weaves his story in and out of each track. The themes are strong, and sometimes hard to swallow. Arrive is a must listen, from start to finish. Stream below and grab the free download while it lasts.
Thinking of the island country that calls just east of Australia home, I wasn’t exactly sure what their version of hip-hop would sound like. Seemingly isolated, Auckland’s Raiza Biza proves how far the genre’s reach spans.
In Dream Something, we hear Biza’s lyrical depth, constant collaboration, and skillful song structure. Each track holds a new message and story alongside with different instrumentation and sampling. I really like the diversity, Raiza Biza is definitely someone to keep on your radar.
Listen to the free12-track LP and catch a video below from TZ Hip Hop to gain a deeper look inside the New Zealander.
pulation of less than one million people. Smaller than many of the states in North America, it’s sometimes wondrous to think of an entire country that tiny.
With a day off and slightly ahead of other work, I’m spending some time digging through the musical talent and landscape that this culture has to offer. First up, Spaceboy Aamar, with his elegantly mixed track, “Inspiration.”
Mecca:83 and his collaborative crew are in the process of coming up with something brand new for you guys and while working, he had time to round up some of his favorite tracks for a free download.
I’m at the beach this weekend enjoying some rays and the laid-back nature of a seasonal town and this track listing bumps ever so nicely. Kick back and listen to the downtempo beats, nu-jazz flavor, and various samples and remixes all featured in this 12-track compilation.
Fervent flow, fabulous crate-digging samples, and a heavy beat keep Alexis Davis’ newest single alive and well. I’m loving on everything that this trio keeps cooking up, showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Grab their latest, “Look,” and be sure to keep tabs on the gentleman here.
Anyone who can turn Marvin Gaye’s“Ain’t That Peculiar” into a heavy hip hop banger is top class in my book.
Oddisee hits our ears by way of Washington D.C., a fantastic breeding ground for artists with the sounds of NYC and the south coming at them from either direction. I’m always curious of people’s suggestions and when I saw L’Orange consistently praise Oddisee, well, I just had to explore.
I instantly became obsessed once I pressed play on his quick remix tape titled Odd Renditions Vol. 001. He captures the perfect amount of a particular track that turns it upside down into something with a hell of a lot of motion, harder and snappier beats, and the perfect amount of original instrumentation. Just listen to the track “Paralyzed” which uses samples of Bon Iver’s “Re: Stacks.”
Listen to the rest of the tape below and be sure to check out his newest release, People Hear What They See. It’s phenomenal.
BONUS: Oddisee lends his production skills to Homeboy Sandman’s new track, “Watchu Want From Me?” There’s just too many good things going on in this song.
Sure, I love listening to music song by song but there’s something so nice about when an artist/group takes the time to compile a collection of them together. I really enjoy the placement of each track, the flow from the start to finish, the moods evoked, and how you feel at the very end.
The Alexis Davis project is, “Two countries. Two time zones. Three DJ/producers. One MC.” It’s a talented group formed by Mecca:83, Spinnerty, Simon S, and MC Replife. Throughout the EP there’s classy jazz instrumentals with old school samples, flickering keys, and smooth hip hop beats that pull everything together. Taking these four already strong musicians and putting them in the same room is the equivalent of creating a super group. Solid on their own and even more powerful linked together.
Listen to their debut release below and stay tuned to these international gentleman.