Starchildluke – NOMAD

Not all heroes wear capes but they do release music. This is the new super album from Starchildluke called NOMAD. Yes, I’m writing about my own music. But who better to do it, right? NOMAD is a project I’d been sitting on for a few months with nothing more than a name and half-finished beat folders. So rather than them sit there gathering digital dust,…

What I Learnt From Madlib’s 2016 RBMA Lecture

Interviews with your idols can open a world of understanding. I watched Madlib’s RBMA lecture in New York for the first time and here’s what I took from it. Of all the musical idols who have directly influenced my music, Madlib is one of the main artists. His breadth of work and Bohemian approach to creativity have stood out from the crowd. When I first…

E-Digging and Crate Digging: A Collection of Posts

Find resources and inspiration with our e-digging/crate digging article collection. We’ve done the research (thanks, SAM) and deemed it necessary to bring all our favourite digging articles together. Whether you enjoy getting dusty in the crates or scouring the internet for vinyl rips, this list should have you covered. 15 More Awesome Places For E-Digging – Links to channels and playlists featuring music from around…

Carns Hill, Anime and Samples – A Match Made in Rap Heaven

Our guest writer Zweli Chibumba gives us the lowdown on London producer Carns Hill and his penchant for sampling. No doubt when you think of Carns Hill you consider SRB Separation Confirmed, The Countdown from 10 or the simple yet iconic Hills Productions soundbite. You might also associate Carns with drill or trap thanks to 67/86/Reekz MB. Or other collaborators such as Blade Brown, Young’s Teflon,…

Songs That Sample Feminists

Pitchfork have compiled a list of songs that sample speeches and other audio from feminists. When it comes to sampling speeches, MLK leads the way (I’ve done it myself). But while his and Malcolm X’s voices may have taken prominence amongst producers over the years, it’s the voice of feminists that have added a welcome nuance. Pitchfork made up a list of tracks sampling the…

atf – Lodge

The man with All These Fingers brings us a new offering called “Lodge”. It’s always a pleasure to hear a new atf release and Lodge is no exception. SAM: I would like to say this beat tape was most enjoyable. I totally agree. atf is a master at bring life to loops with his use of the fluidity function on his SP-303. SAM: I believe…

Roland Announces The SP-404A

Go from X to A with the new Roland SP-404A sampler. You know we LOVE the SP-404. Well, Roland went ahead and upgraded it. The SP-404A is a revamped version of the classic sampler “designed for live use”. It’s defining feature is the ability to marry up with Roland’s TR-8, combining both sample and percussive synthesis. It can either work as a standalone unit or…

SNEAK PEAK: Amerigo Gazaway’s New Common x Stevie Wonder Project

Mashup maestro Amerigo Gazaway previews his latest project, melding the raps of Common and iconic music of Stevie Wonder. This is A Common Wonder. Fela Soul. Yasiin Gaye. Bizarre Tribe: A Quest to The Pharcyde. The Trill Is Gone. There’s no debating Amerigo Gazaway’s emphatic talent when it comes to combining artists of different eras and now he has a new project up his sleeve….

Balazar – The Sage

Balazar drops his atmospheric EP, The Sage. This arrived in our inbox yesterday. It comes from Balazar aka Akira Gautama, an experimental emcee/producer from Seattle. The Sage is Balzar’s musical interpretation of a wise man through the medium of sampling. Music from The Americas and Asia were used to create the “spiritual traveller” effect, accompanied by heavy beats and the occasional smattering of modern sound…