Malik Abdul-Rahmaan – Field Research Malaysia

Malik Abdul-Rahmaan brings back audible fruits from the Far East on “Field Research Malaysia”. A journey through sound and record vendors in the Southeastern Asia has culminated in this: Field Research Malaysia. Malik Abdul-Rahmaan amassed over 100 records during a trip to Malaysia. Everything from local folk to funk, rock, and Bollywood from the area laid amongst his piles of vinyl. If you think that sounds…

Ed Motta – City Pop Vol. 2

Brazilian musician Ed Motta compiles a mix of cool Japanese “City Pop”. Japanese representations of Western music always add a new edge and come out sounding better in ways. City Pop is musical menagerie of styles, taking from J-Pop, soft rock, AOR, and bits of funk and boogie. Ed Motta compiled a fine mix showcasing the cool vibes of City Pop. Any producers with a…

Thelonious Martin – THELOMYSTERYMIX

Thelonious Martin puts together a mix of his samples. A COMPILATION OF SAMPLES FROM POLO SPORTING GOODS, WÜNDERKID, AND LATE NIGHT PROGRAMMING. STILL NOT LETTING YOU GUYS KNOW THE NAMES OF THE SAMPLES. You heard the man (*and stop asking about the samples!) Stream THELOMYSTERYMIX below. (*One of them I personally sampled (6:19) and it’s the OG Ronnie Laws. But that’s all I’m saying.)

The Hot Pepper Challenge Woman Dubbed To Jazz & Rock

Remember the hot pepper challenge? Well here’s Publio Delgado’s guitar accompaniment to GloZell Green’s attempt. Search “hot pepper challenge” on YouTube and you’ll find all kinds of fools risking their lives for laughs. But one that really caught steam was GloZell Green’s attempt. Currently, the original video is just shy of 30m views and while it’s hilarious in its own right, this jazz and rock dub…

Acle Kahney – Trippin Clip

And now for something unexpected – Michael Jackson vocals on a metal track. This is Acle Kahney’s “Trippin Clip”. We rarely cover rock or its various offshoots but we’re making an exception for this brilliant mashup. Acle Kahney is an audio engineer and musician and “Trippin Clip” is the result of some experimentation and a Michael Jackson acapella. MJ was no stranger to the rock…

Sample Ideas: Guitar Stems From Slash, Eddie Van Halen & Others

Looking for some top quality guitar samples? How about some from rock legends Slash, Eddie Van Halen and John Frusciante? An overlooked choice of instrumental sample in hip hop is the guitar, possibly because it’s so hard to find an isolated solo in a track or an authentic sound lick from a sample pack. Thanks to Open Culture and some generous uploaders on YouTube, there are…

PLAYLIST: Moka’s Sample Wishlist

Need some sample inspiration? Try out these tracks selected by Motel De Moka. Finding yourself in a creative slump as a sample-based producer is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s a frustrating experience but it happens to the best of us. Luckily there are guardian angels ready to haul us out of our ruts and Motel De Moka have provided us with some divine wisdom….

SATURDAY MATINÉE: beat:repeat NYC

RBMA pay homage to the New York and the drum machines involved in crafting its soundscapes with an eight-part series called “beat:repeat NYC”. Being the home of two major black cultural movements (the Harlem Renaissance and the birthplace of hip hop), New York is an important pin on the musical map. The Red Bull Music Academy held their annual workshop/lecture event in the Big Apple…