Blitz The Ambassador – Diasporadical

The visionary sound of Blitz The Ambassador has been years in the making and now it’s finally here in the form of Diasporadical. Having journeyed through Africa and the Americas, Blitz The Ambassador managed to capture the essence of the African diaspora; fragmented but ever present. Diasporadical mixes those themes together with his trademark hip hop sounds whilst touching on deeper issues such as the…

Radio Jakarta 001- Arab 60s/70s Vinyl Mix

Jakarta Records kick off their radio series with a mix full of Arab vinyl delights. Of all the places to find obscure places to find samples and hidden music treasures in general, the Arab world is the most unknown. Luckily for us, there are some producers willing to unearth the best Arab music has to offer and Jannis of Jakarta Records is one of them….

Discogs Launch VinylHub, A Database For The World’s Record Stores

Record catalogue website Discogs have created a database for record stores around the world called VinylHub. Whatever you might think about Discogs in the perspective of offline record stores, perhaps this will change your mind. The catalog site has launched VinylHub, a database of record stores from all over the globe. There are currently more than 2,100 shops listed and counting and if your favourite…

Johannes Kreidler – Music Made From Stock Charts

Watch as Johannes Kreidler makes “Charts Music,” songs arranged using Songsmith and falling stock charts from 2007-2009. Just a bit of fun and satire for a Sunday afternoon. Who could forget the financial crisis of 2007–2008 and subsequent recession in 2009? It certainly wasn’t a laughing matter then but composer Johannes Kreidler has taken a unique look at the crash using nothing more than stock charts of some…

AFROFUTURISM: Mamman Sani – Taaritt

The epitome of afrofuturism, Mamman Sani’s Taaritt combines ancient Saharan folk ballads with 80s synthesizers and drum machines to take you back to the future. Lee “Scratch” Perry, Wally Badarou, Sun Ra, Juan Atkins, George Clinton – all names associated with the cultural movement of afrofuturism. Well, you can now add another unknown talent to that list thanks to this fantastic album. Nigerien musician Mamman…

J Dilla’s MPC And Moog Heading To The Smithsonian

The upcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. has a new exhibit courtesy of J Dilla’s custom Moog synth and MPC3000. As I remarked on Facebook, this is bigger than you think. The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. is still under construction but when it’s ready for visitors, Jay Dee fans will be excited for a…

VIDEO: B+ Previews His Upcoming Book, “Ghostnotes”

Legendary photographer Brian Cross aka B+ drops a little video preview of his new book, Ghostnotes. Clear your coffee table because you’ll need room for this one. B+, the photographer who took all those Dilla photos you have on your computer, has been working on a book archiving hip hop on camera, from the early days of the Native Tongues in 1990 to the icons…

7 Alternative Professions For Iggy Azalea

We take a look at controversial Aussie hip hop “star” Iggy Azalea and consider 7 alternative jobs for the femcee. The furore around Australian hip hop “artist” Iggy Azalea has been bubbling under the genre’s surface for quite some time but it wasn’t until recently that the volcano truly erupted. In, Forbes wrote an article entitledclaiming Azalea’s influence was… Understandably, an internet backlash ensued causing…

Dapper Rapper: Reebok’s Hip Hop Appreciation Pack

Reebok show love for the golden age with their Hip Hop Appreciation Pack, a selection of classic hip hop sneaker designs. We’ve seen a whole heap of hip hop inspired sneakers (or “trainers” for the UK footwear fans amongst you) from the big brands – Nike’s and of course, Adidas’ iconic Superstar 80s. Reebok have joined the hype themselves with their Swizz Beatz range but it…

Madvillainy: A Decade Later

Ashton James Brown gives his own insights into what made Madvillainy so special, 10 years after its release. Hip hop’s underground is often cited as the metaphorical promised land of the genre. A place where creativity and artistic freedom remain unfettered, with emcees and producers not having to bend their rhymes and sonic identities to whim of major label executives. The early 2000’s was a…