GBS x LPS

GBS x LPS – Hip hop record covers as Gameboys

Iconic album covers morphed into Gameboys is a thing I didn’t know I needed. I started modding my own Gameboys a few months ago and I’m really enjoying it. Established modders like gamechangermods inspired me to take the plunge and he has a mini project of his own. Introducing GBS x LPS. As described by…

Cookin Soul samples Street Fighter II on a beat

To celebrate 100,000 YouTube subscribers, Cookin Soul made a beat from the iconic SNES game. Spanish hip hop producer/DJ Cookin Soul has followed in the footsteps of many producers and made a beat from a video game. But not just any video game. Super Street Fighter II Turbo was influential with its introduction of super combos and air combo, Akuma, and a speed setting to…

Moby’s Play as “audio blackface”

A compelling article discusses the cultural appropration of black voices in Moby’s seminal album. Moby’s in the news again for being a douche (again). He’s written a new memoir and one of his claims – that Natalie Portman came onto him in his dressing room – was quickly refuted by the actress. But aside from Moby being a creep, he also made a lot of…

The Akai MPC (1988-Present)

Akai’s iconic sampler has been around for over 30 years with fruitful timeline. Think of a producer, any producer. They’ve used an Akai MPC at some point or at the very least they’ve wished they had one. Much like the Fairlight and Mellotron before them, the Akai MPC has been a hardware staple in music production for four decades and there are no signs of…

A Sampling Essay by Defected

The lengthy post covers everything from the history of sampling to three European stars of the craft. DJ Nick Gordon Brown wrote a fantastic article about sampling for Defected on Friday. If you needed to know a thing or two about the craft, this would fill in all the blanks. It starts with some lyrics from Stetsasonic’s ‘Talkin’ All That Jazz’ before going into its…

Ruffian Kick – LEAVES.

The Californian producer put together an album of beats from the last few months of 2018. I found Ruffian Kick last year while waiting for a plane from Nice back to the UK. I was glad to find a new release in 2019 and his most recent is a belter. LEAVES. is, as he describes it himself: some beats from the fall & winter seasons….

Rhye – Needed

The track is from Rhye’s latest album, Spirit. There I was watching a football match and the incidental music at the end reminded me of a Rhye song. Then I remembered they had a new album out, so I gave it a spin. And it was literally what I needed. Great segue. Needed is a cut off the album, entitled “Spirit”, and it is gorgeous….

Review: The Hell Hole Store – Three The Hard Way

We reviewed The Hell Hole Store’s Three The Hard Way. Greetings, everyone. The holidays are finally over, or almost over if you work in a grocery store. However, there’s one gift left under the tree. There was no name on the wrapper, so I took it, opened it, disposed of all evidence of my sin, and gave it a listen. The gift, called “Three The…