Starchildluke – Boas Festas

An alternative Christmas beat tape by Starchildluke with a worthy cause attached. This is my album; I am Starchildluke. I refrain from promoting my music too much on the site but I thought this was relevant for two reasons: It’s for Christmas It has samples in it It came about while I was on holiday in Lisbon in November (hence the name). I got into…

Slim the Chemist – Silence EP

Germany’s Slim the Chemist keeps his jazz beats in order with his Silence EP. I found this in my bookmarks from a while back and thought I’d share it with you. Slim the Chemist is a producer from Düsseldorf in Germany and Silence EP was his first release with Roots of Society Records. I had high hopes when I discovered his origin as Germany isn’t…

Thijsenterprise – Stepbacks & Setbacks

Barcelona-based beatmaker Thijsenterprise drops mammoth beat tape, Stepbacks & Setbacks, dedicated to some important people in his life. “Old school hip-hop with soul and jazz samples, dusty breaks and raw chops.” With a description like that, I just had to listen when this dropped in my inbox. Thijsenterprise (real name Reinier Thijs) is a producer from Barcelona and Stepbacks & Setbacks is his latest project. 42…

FREE DOWNLOAD: 20 Academic Journal Articles About Prince

The Journal of African American Studies has released a special issue dedicated to Prince, and it’s free to download. If you read the title and subheading, don’t even bother reading this and peep the journal link below. 20 academic papers on Prince. All free to read and download. Get your scholar on and bask in the purple glow of knowledge! Journal of African American Studies…

Stan Forebee – Release of the Unreleased

Aussie producer Stan Forebee releases the unreleased with… Release of the Unreleased. Having dropped one unreleased song every month, Stan Forebee decided to put them all together and stick them on Bandcamp. How thoughtful. Morning Coffee opens the project softly with a basic piano riff/beat combination, interjected with some guitar licks for good measure. Switch throws some jazzy 90s swing into the mix, while Wavey…

Stillmuzik – Looking For The Perfect Beat Volume 4

All things come to an end and Stillmuzik are wrapping up their Perfect Beat series with their fourth volume. As Stillmuzik end their search for the Perfect Beat, we can take stock of their discoveries on the fourth and final volume of the series. No stone was left unturned as all four compilations featured a wide range of music: boom bap, trap, funk, you name it. And lest…

Darem – Sultana

Mexico’s Darem brings us the sweet sounds of Sultana. Occasionally, Reddit can be a good source of information. I found this beat tape while browsing (even if it was in the wrong subreddit). Darem is a producer from Veracruz in Mexico and Sultana is of the lo-fi 404 variety. Regular readers will know this to be our catnip and we weren’t disappointed. Whether the artwork…

Stik Figa – The Ends & Outs (prod. Black Milk)

Mello Music Group’s Stik Figa gives away The Ends & Outs for free, with production by Black Milk. Shouts to Potholes for shining a light on this. Stik Figa is an emcee from Memphis but currently in Kansas. As you will hear below, he knows his way around the spoken word, developing a “unique and versatile skill set, combining detailed lyricism with a dirty south…

FREE DOWNLOAD: 70+ Sites To Find Free SFX Samples

Need that final touch for your track? These sites may hold the key with thousands of sound effects. Sound effects add extra spice to compositions but recording your own can be time-consuming. Fortunately, Hongkiat have compiled a list of over 70 sites where you can download free SFX samples, home to tens of thousands of different sounds. The best thing about them is they’re all royalty-free…