Buddy – Guillotine

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Compton-based rapper Buddy is back with some beats and rhymes on the 5-track EP entitled Ocean & Montana, a collaboration with Canadian producer Kaytranada.

Buddy originally signed to Pharrell Williams’ I Am Other label where he released the Idle Time album in 2014 along with his single ‘Awesome Awesome.’ But the label relationship fizzled out.

The partnership with Kaytranada is a better fit nonetheless. ‘Guillotine’ pairs Buddy’s smooth flow over some funky West Coast electronic vibes. This is certainly no come-back record; rather, Buddy is just getting started. And Kaytranada’s beats continue to get more interesting.

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Oddisee – NNGE (feat. Toine)

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Beats, rhymes, and pieces. That’s what you’ll hear from prolific musician Oddisee, a native of the Diamond District. He’s back again with his third release in a dozen months with The Iceberg, an album that sees him grapple with the issues related to culture, race, and politics. The White House barred him from performing at Obama’s Farewell for his “controversial” lyrics on the track ‘Lifting Shadows.’

If the tune ‘NNGE’ is any indication, Oddisee is prepared to sharpen his words to meet these darker times.

“I grew up witnessing many protests come to Washington DC. This song continues that tradition by using words of encouragement over production inspired by the native sounds of DC music.” — Oddisee

The Peter Franks Group – Leaving This Place pt1

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The Peter Franks Group is an instrumental and jazz beat collective from Bournemouth, England. The fresh and crisp flute-driven track ‘Leaving This Place’ is one of the standout tracks off the band’s album Days Past. ‘Inner Most’ is also a moody gem.

“…A real timeless feel to this courtesy of the joint talents of Halsall, Urquhart, Mwamba, Crennell, Maffei and Manners – but the real magic is in the dreamy keyboard work of Peter Franks and his inventive production techniques.”

Grab the LP on Bandcamp

Best of 2016

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Square Lines – Shingaya Square

Calibre – Groove Seeker

Lone – Backtail Was Heavy

CO/R – Bells, Walking

Overlook – Misty

Mieux – Rust

Throwing Snow – One for the Booth

Ash Walker – They Do Not Know Yet

Débruit – Duman

Clark – Shadow Banger

Alix Perez – Had I Known

Andy Stott – Selish

Patten – RE-EDIT70

Phil Tangent – Drawing You

Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force – Yermande (Kick and Bass Mix)

Djrum – Induction

Uyama Hiroto – Waltz For Real World

Chaos In The CBD – Subterranean Storm

Hiatus Kaiyote – The Lung (Paul White Unofficial Remix)

Solange – Cranes in the Sky (Kaytranada Edit)

Motion Graphics – Brass Mechanics

Witch Project – Pearly Gates

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Witch Prophet AKA Ayo Leiliani

Witch Prophet is the Canadian-based hip-hop MC and artist Ayo Leiliani. She’s also the co-founder of the arts collective 88 Days of Fortune and part of experimental rap group Above Top Secret.

On her latest solo project, a 4-track EP entitled H.P.B., she rhymes soulfully over Mobb Deep’s 2006 release ‘Pearly Gates.’ Her version is superior.

“Do we keep moving forward?/ And backward?/ And forward?”

Although music and life vacillate, let’s hope Witch Prophet keeps pushing things forward.

Citizen Boy – Indaba Ka Bani Besibenuza

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Citizen Boy is a Durban electronic producer pioneering the Gqom sound emerging out of Durban, South Africa. His fellow Gqom Oh! label-mate DJ Lag called the localized genre, “a mix of elements of hip-hop and house.”

Citizen Boy’s track ‘Indaba Ka Bani Besibenuza’ is a tribal dance beat that tries to encapsulate the resourceful experiences of “Zulu culture and history.” The song also translates into ‘who cares if we dance under the influence of drugs.’

Mz Boom Bap – Heard Em Say (ft. Curtis Roach)

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Portuguese beat maker Mz Boom Bap links up with 17-year-old rapper Curtis Roach to produce an early 90s retro hip-hop track entitled ‘Heard Em Say.’ Anything that sounds remotely like Pete Rock, DJ Premier, or Illmatic in general, is music to my ears.

“everything from the drum programming to the sample selection to the subtle ringing distortion of the Akai s950 delivers a seldom seen old-school authenticity.”

Download the The Rawness EP