Danny Brown – Really Doe ft. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Earl Sweatshirt

Danny Brown, the so-called hip-hop’s ‘dark knight,’ is not one to follow trends. MTV even called him “one of rap’s unique figures in recent memory.”

On his newest album Autricity Exhibition, named after a Joy Division song, he lets go of all the anxiety and demons that haunted his 2014 depression. He also wanted more respect from his rap peers who seemed to outcast him for his weirdness. Nas was happy to tell him otherwise, and to stop complaining and get to work.

“Stop thinking about everything else and go with the actual thing that got you here. Sit there and fucking do the work. Put the beat on and let the fucking shit happen. Something is going to happen.”

And it did. What results is even darker, twisted rap, which remains true to his unique persona. “Really Doe” is one of those standout tracks, in which Brown raps “Show me somethin’ I ain’t seen before.” Peep it below, and download the album if you want to warp into a different dimension. 👊

Hiatus Kaiyote “The Lung” (Paul White Unofficial Remix)

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Just off his production for Danny Brown’s Autricity Exhibition comes a remix of Hiatus Kaiyote from Paul White, one of my favorite producers.

White’s beats vacillate from hip-hop to electronica, but he most often excels in lacing the two together. Not sure where to start with Paul? Check out these other gems.

The Comet Is Coming – Space Carnival

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Calling themselves “ambassadors for the obscure,” The Comet Is Coming was recently nominated for a Mercury prize for their funky electro-jazz album Channel The Spirits. In an interview with Bandcamp, the band said they recorded the album in a three-day sprint. Channeling the planet’s impending doom, keyboardist Dan Leavers (Danalogue the Conqueror) said:

“If it was the last day on earth, and a comet was literally coming, how are you going to play? How are you going to party? I feel like the name conjures up that [sense of] apocalypse. Once you understand that you are not going to live forever, does that change what you’re going to do? It’s been an interesting name to get our heads around.”

But The Comet Is Coming is not all doom and gloom. The track “Space Carnival” sounds like it could be the celebratory arrival song for the first manned mission to Mars.

Snag the album on Amazon or Bandcamp.

King Sighter – High Rank Something

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King Sighter aka Master of All lost his eye in a factory accident when he was 24 years old. He also gained a reputation for wearing his pirate/king suit in appearances and live performances.

Trojan Records originally released the album The One Eyed Giant in 1978, before getting a reissue from London based dub label Burning Sounds. Pretty epic release.

Favorite tracks: I’m Allright, Rising Star, and High Rank Something which you can stream below.

Get the CD/LP on US import

Abi Ocia – Running

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Image courtesy Dami Oyetade

“What are you afraid of?” That’s the sample echoing within ‘Running,’ a beautiful debut ballad from West London singer/songwriter Abi Ocia.

At first listen, the piano buildup and soft vocals may remind you of Little Dragon’s opening salvo, ‘Twice.’ The lyrics are also reflective and internal. Telling the blog Pigeons and Airplanes, Ocia said:

“I wanted to explore an inner dialog with myself, following a journey of seeking out something greater than what you are used to, even if it means purging yourself of things you hold dear.”

According to her Facebook page, this is the first of many new tracks to come.


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Big Peace – Peace: Diva

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Big Peace, also known as Big War, is a producer and a co-founder of the multidisciplinary Generic Greeting Collective in Manchester, UK.

According to the Bandcamp page, the Peace/War album is a collection of hip-hop beats made from 2010 – 2016 that incorporate elements of Balearic dance music, dub, and grime. The vibe is next-level, to say the least, as is the artwork.

Favorite tracks:  Peace: Aisha, Diva, War: Hypeeee, War: Bonus edit, Bonus: Eternity

Download on Bandcamp and nod ya head.

PS. For similar tunes, check out Paul White and Illum Sphere.


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