Our One To Watch, Beat Gates, comes from Croatia via a healthy dose of Dilla inspiration.
I found this guy while writing about Croatian hip hop and he’s definitely someone you ought to be checking out. Beat Gates was born in Sarajevo but now lives in Zagreb. It was his love of Slum Village and, in particular, J Dilla that started his love affair with hip hop and a few weeks later, he decided music was what he wanted to make. Ten years later and he’s still making beats and has even moved into the world of drum & bass.
In his latest album Loopnuts, Beat Gates has all the gritty Dilla-inspired goodness from ten years of love and hard work. It’s a free download so stream it below and click Download if you agree with the vibe.