This is the premiere of Hossam Hilal’s new EP, Overk. We’ve covered some Egyptian music in the past from the likes of Al Massrieen and plenty more on Radio Jakarta’s Arab vinyl mix. But today we’re looking at a new artist and his name is Hossam Hilal. Overk is Hossam’s debut release for ID Spectral, the electronic label headed by Louis Sterling aka Auxx. The…

Madlib is more welcome to interviews these days but in 2005, they were a rarity. I can’t let a Madlib interview pass me by without saving it somewhere. Sometimes I scope them out for inspiration. On my travels, I found one via Stones Throw. It was an interview by Scratch Magazine and tells the same kind of opening story we get from most Madlib interviews:…

The UK rapper has been a busy man and dropped two tracks and accompanying videos in less than 3 weeks. It’s been way too long since we last featured Kareem Jamal and now we have two tracks and two videos to go with them. Brace yourself. No Rainy Days No Rainy Days is an instrumental that comes with a behind-the-scenes video, filmed and edited by…

The London venue has some cracking events coming up for the rest of the year. One of the best music venues in London has to be Electric Brixton. The venue is housed in Brixton’s Town Hall Parade and is steeped in early 20th-century tradition. From its Palladium Picture House days to its time as the Fridge nightclub, Electric Brixton has brightened south London with genre…

Between Radiohead being held to ransom and vaporwave releases, the MiniDisc isn’t strictly dead. I’ve owned a lot of hardware in my time but one model that always alluded me was a MiniDisc player. My cousin had one in the early 2000s and it was the coolest thing. This was before the days of MP3 players (I got one of those in 2004; a 128MB…

Abe M Beats put Kendrick Lamar’s Backseat Freestyle over a dope gospel flip and I can’t believe I missed it. You can’t beat a good gospel sample. The likes of Black Milk, Thelonious Martin, and Apollo Brown know their way around a church choir. But Abe M Beats really took the congregation to church with this one. Backchurch Freestyle is a holy mashup of Kendrick’s…

Prepare for trouble and make it double as Freddie Gibbs and Madlib promote their new album with “Crime Pays”. I’ve not been this excited for a new album in a long time. Yesterday, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib announced their new album Bandana would drop on 28th June. Egon of Now Again originally set a release date for 2020 so they’re ahead of schedule (a rarity…

The writer and Bandcamp editor gave an inspiring interview about his career so far and his upcoming book about Kendrick Lamar. As a producer, I don’t know where I’d be without Bandcamp. My entire discography is on there and so much of the music on my iPod classic was filled with Bandcamp music. I’ve also been a fan of the writing on the site and…

There’s an underground scene in Japan filled with train sounds and PA systems. Field recordings used in music is nothing new and probably the most primitive form of sound art in history. But there’s a new scene in Japan using a particular type of outdoor sounds. The oto-tetsu scene (from the Japanese words oto meaning sound and tetsudō meaning railway) takes the sounds and ambience…