Hip Hop

ONE TO WATCH: Tay Devenny

Meet Tay Devenny: an emcee out of the UK with a laid-back and smooth flow reminiscent of Guru from his Jazzmatazz projects. Backed by jazzy and downtempo beats, Devenny showcases how hip-hop isn’t just about aggression and braggadocio.  Take his recent collaboration with your boy Languid, for example.  From the cold smooth production to the poetic imagery laced …

Hip Hop

12 Days of Early 90's Hip Hop - Day 4

12 Days of Early 90's Hip Hop

Day 4 of 12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop and we’re onto 1993. Menace II Society Soundtrack – Various Artists (1993) Produced by Various Producers I start with the first of the albums released in hip hop’s most golden of years: 1993. I was 14 and knocking about with inappropriate boys. I was too young …

Music

SATURDAY MATINÉE: Bassline Baseline (2005)

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A great documentary on the shortlived TB-303 that spawned some influential basslines after its “death”. If you’re a musician, producer or just a music tech head, you’ll almost certainly possess a piece of Roland equipment. The most well-known machine, of course, is the TR-808, taking up about 95% of trap and mainstream hip hop music’s …

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12 Days of Early 90's Hip Hop - Day 3

12 Days of Early 90's Hip Hop

Day 3 of our 12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop and we’re journeying back to 1992. The Chronic – Dr Dre Released December 1992 Produced by Dr Dre and Suge Knight Whichever way you slice the pie, this is an important record. I’m from Manchester and I barely give a fuck about the geographical …

Hip Hop

12 Days of Early 90's Hip Hop - Day 2

12 Days of Early 90's Hip Hop

Onto Day 2 of our 12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop and we look at another classic, this time from 1992. Mecca and the Soul Brother – Pete Rock and C. L. Smooth (1992) Produced by Pete Rock, C. L. Smooth and Large Professor The debut album from Pete Rock and C. L. Smooth …

Hip Hop

12 Days of Early 90's Hip Hop - Day 1

12 Days of Early 90's Hip Hop

We kick off our 12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop with a look at a 1991 classic. The early 90’s was a golden era for hip hop. Some of the most impressive music of all time was created within a three or four year period (1993 in particular yielded an unprecedented body of work). …

Video

VIDEO: Languid - Somewhere In Amsterdam

Languid’s trip to Amsterdam produced a superb Dilla flip and an awesome video. Recently, UK-based producer Languid took a trip to Amsterdam for some much needed R&R (records and records) and as a souvenir, he brought back this beautiful Dilla flip and video to go with it. The best part is it features on the Pragmatic …

Hip Hop Sampling

KLIM beats - ANTEATER

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KLIM beats of the Ukraine releases his new album ANTEATER. If I have learnt anything this year in music, it’s not to sleep on European hip hop. KLIM beats is a reason why. I’d heard SUMMERTIME earlier this year while searching for Ukrainian talent and he was definitely a cut above the rest. From the …