ADaD- In Search of The UNSEEN: ADaD x Madlib

A brand new set of dope beats and razor sharp rhymes from Chi-town wordsmith ADaD on the recently released In Search of the UNSEEN... project.

D.A.C. Beats- Beach Mu$ic EP

Listen to producer/beatmaker D.A.C Beats' newly released instrumental project, the Beach Mu$ic EP.

Hezekiah- Can I Live

Soulful new single from Hezekiah's upcoming album Dreams Don't Chase Themselves

Ju-Ar- Day Out (album)

Check out the new Day Out instrumental project from producer/beatmaker Ju-Ar.

Qwill & The Soul Review- Ghost

Enjoy this brand new bluesy soul single from Qwill & The Soul Review

Midnight Runners- Free single!

Download a free copy of the new single "Nights of Pleasure" from duo's upcoming EP Odyssey

Jurassic 5 & The Word of Mouth Reunion Tour

This summer, a reunited Jurassic 5 will embark on a worldwide tour, with special appearances by Dilated Peoples, Ugly Duckling, Lyrics Born, Blackalicious, DJ Shadow, & The World Famous Beat Junkies!

Lyric Jones- Love's Trail Mix (EP)

Lyric Jones tackles issues of love, lust, infatuation and everything in between on her latest project, "The Love's Trail Mix (EP)"

Sons of the Sweet Potato- Awakening Exp.02 (LP)

The Sons of the Sweet Potato beatmaking collective brings tons of jazzy, sample-heavy hip hop on their newest LP, "Awakening Exp.02".

Blakk Soul- No Love Lost (LP)

Listen to singer Blakk Soul make modern soul music with classic inspirations on his new release "No Love Lost".

Tajima Hal- Sometime Ago (album)

Glowing, jazz-tinted work from producer/beatmaker Tajima Hal. While the beats on this effort are soaked in the sort of dusty, sample-based mode of beatmaking that made so many golden era productions so beloved by hip hop fans, Tajima Hal manages to give the listener a unique take on that classic sound. Through the use of subtle changes in his arrangements and sample choices that are just left-of-center enough to keep things interesting, Tajima ensures that all the dust that comes from so much crate digging never gets so thick as to choke out Sometime Ago's overall jazzy sound. Standout tracks include the cool homage to the jazz piano-trio "Bloom", the driving soul number "Waves", and a stark boom bap outing called "Someone Else".

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Joose- Cruise Control (album)

Top shelf hip hop music from Michigan emcee Joose. The set definitely lives up to its "cruise control" title as Joose uses his laid-back rhyme style and cool-out demeanor to create an album filled with feel good, "bump-it-in-the-car" type of music.  Short, sweet and to the point, the overall sound of Cruise Control falls somewhere between the traditional southern trap-music of the early 2000's and the newer trap-style music coming from labels like Soulection and Darker Than Wax. On tracks like "California Girls" and "Bonita", Joose commands the spotlight by addressing tried and true topics (i.e. women, weed, and good times) with creative and smart lyrics. Which isn't to say the project is a endless parade of odes to the high life. Other standouts include the reflective, and almost somber, "Black Sand" and the "take no sh*t off nobody/hold your head up high" anthem "Julian" (that 1st verse is nothing short of genius!).  And as far as the beats, new school production wonders Brock Berrigan, Mozaic, and Sango keep the sounds live no matter what the situation calls for. Shout out to Jooseand the entire AGO (Astronaut Gang) collective for this one.

Tamara Renée- The Moon Goddess (official video)

Official video for the title track from singer Tamara Renée's The Moon Goddess album. I fell in love with this young lady's voice while repeatedly listening to the track "Alchemy" (from ShunGu's The Pisces Tape) earlier this year. Directed by Ms Renée herself, the video's intimate, candlelit frames and up-close-and-personal feel matches the tracks deeply spiritual vibe. Respect to Tamara Renée's skill in front of and behind the camera because I cannot stop watching this video.  Enjoy.


Dave East- Black Rose (mixtape)

A brand new mixtape from a new name to me. The mixtape is called Black Rose and it from a young Harlem rhyme spitter by the name of Dave East. From the jump this mixtape goes for the throat as East's uncompromising street-level rhymes shine bright over the project's massive selection of cinematic beats. Loads of epic  beats and rhymes on this one. Standout tracks include the catchy "gotta-stay-winning" anthem "Fuck You Think", the vivid crime life narrative "In Some Shit (pt 1)", and the soulfully infectious track "Around Here".  A dope mixture of sounds make Dave East's Black Rose mixtape a highly recommended addition to your growing summertime playlist.

Winter Inter- Equal Moving Parts (album)

Here's an outstanding batch of sweeping soundscapes and chilled out electro-funk productions from the always brilliant Stratford Court record label. On this new Equal Moving Parts LP from producer Winter Inter listeners are treated to an first-class display of bright keyboards and futuristic synthesizer experiments that are underlined with crackling drums and genre bending grooves. The set is a lively exhibition of new school future-funk, with touches of throwback fusion-jazz, that manages to sound fresh and new over the course of 14 tracks. Standouts include the spacey funk jam "That Which Stays Still is Real", the Roger Troutman-esque heater "Or Gone Aight", and soothing late-night funk track "San Diego Skyline".


Live45's | Schadillac- Kawhi Leonard (instrumental)

Producer Schadillac really dug deep into his crates when it came time to put together this new "Kawhi Leonard" instrumental. The track is a heavy funk groover that sounds as if it was ripped straight from the closing credits of a early 70's crime flick. Tons of warm electric piano chords, bubbling bass notes, and psych-influenced guitar riffs ensure that the infectious groove of "Kawhi Leonard" will stay etched in your memory for days to come. A really dope cut that is perfect for chilling out to after a long day on the grind. Press play and enjoy.


ADaD- In Search of The UNSEEN (album) Featured Artist

Just in time for my first weekend off in weeks, ADaD releases a brand new project entitled In Search of the UNSEEN: ADaD x Madlib. As expected, the Chi-town wordsmith keeps it live with the rhymes as he loads verse after verse with razor-sharp lyrics and delivers them with his characteristically engaging style. And while the promise of hearing new rhymes from ADaD is a big enough draw in and of itself, listeners will also celebrate the fact that each track features classic beats from the legendary beat conductor Madlib as chosen by ADaD himself. This is some killer stuff people! Check out the sounds below and make sure to keep up with ADaD on Soundcloud to hear any and all newness as soon as it's uploaded to the interweb. Dig the sounds.

Brenk Sinatra- Gentle Giant (mixtape) Featured Artist

Here's a powerful collection of beat-heavy cuts from the always funky Brenk Sinatra. This just released Gentle Giant mixtape is a bumpin' mix of classic collaborations and unreleased cuts from the talented Viennese producer's extensive sound library. Clocking in at just over an hour, this mix has a little something for everyone. Brenk covers the laid-back & jazzy set with tracks like the mellow, Goblin-esque instrumental "Mylon" and the chilled-out-trap-musik number "Sneakerking".  And for those fans wanting to hear some of Sinatra's more hard-hitting sounds, tracks like the MC Eiht assisted "We On" or the siren-laced, boom-bap heater "Mill Ticket" (which features Detroit-based rhyme-spitter Marv Won) should definitely hit the spot. Other stand outs include the trippy headnodder "Shangr-la", the spirited 80's-electro inspired "Wolves 2", and the seminal future soul classic "Don't Stop" from Sinatra's S3 (Supa Soul Sh*t) project with singer Miles Bonny. In short, the Gentle Giant mixtape is a great criss-crossing of sounds and vibes from one of the best beatmakers doing it today. Download this one now and thank me later. Shout out to folks over at Inflammable for putting this one together.

Live45's | DanalogOne- Moon Dust (instrumental)

Producer DanalogOne, of the music-making duo Outer Limit, recently leaked a bit of synth-heavy goodness from the group's soon -to-be-released Textures EP. The track, which is entitled "Moon Dust", highlights a sparse, stripped down sound from the young beatmaker. One that  filled with raw electronic drums and circuit bending keyboard wizardry. An understated electro-soul number that has a little something for everyone to savor.

Live45's | Abjo- Gladius (instrumental)

Beatmaker and sound selector Abjo shares a lush and far-reaching experiment in sound with his latest track, "Gladius".  The feel of this beat holds true to the characteristically smooth sound that fans have come to expect from members of the Soulection crew, but also has a slightly darker tone than some of Abjo's previous work. Still, when it's all said and done, it's Abjo's use of serene electronics and weighty beats that will make this track an instant favorite in your playlist. Dig the sounds.


Miles Bonny- Mile Bonny Remixed (album) Featured Artist

Usually I have an idea that certain projects are on the horizon when it involves an artist that I keep up with on a semi-regular basis. However, this new Miles Bonny Remixed release kind of caught me by surprise.  Listen as a few of the acapella's from Miles Bonny's 2010 project ACCA are remixed by fans of the singer's uniquely soulful sound. 

Live45's | Damani Nkosi- All Around the World (feat. Mika Lett) (single)

A brand new track from Cali-based lyricist Damani Nkosi. The track is called "All Around the World" and it showcases Nkosi's international mindset as the world travelling emcee let's listeners know that there's a larger world surrounding their immediate surroundings. The combination of some dope rhymes, a dope concept, and some beautiful notes from featured singer Mika Lett make for one bumpin track. Press play and let your mind trek across the globe. Dig it.


D.A.C Beats- Beach Mu$ic (EP)

Brazilian producer & G-funk enthusiast D.A.C Beats has just dropped an expansive batch of low-end heavy, future-funk instrumentals with his latest project, the Beach Mu$ic EP.  The vibes on this one range from sparse-but-still-bangin' trap-musik (see: "House P.A.R.T.Y" or "S.H.E") to warm electro soul arrangements that will have you zoning out in no time flat (see: "Let's Talk About Us" or my personal favorite "Cup's Up"). A brilliant set of genre-blending beats from a rising star on the beat scene. Dig the sounds.



Lyric Jones- Listen, C'mon (feat. DMT) (official video) Featured Artist

And here it is! Check out the official video for the track "Listen, C'mon" from Lyric Jones' recently released EP Love's Trail Mix. Now, I could  wax poetic about the visuals and the music, but the folks over at Nu-Soul Magazine did such a great job doing a write-up for the video that I've decided to just  steal from  quote them: