Our One To Watch is Chicago producer MUNOZ. After listening through a couple of tracks by MUNOZ, my first question was: how the hell is this kid only 17? Hailing from Chicago, MUNOZ’s style takes its cue from the schools of Flying Lotus and Madlib with its disregard to audible cleanliness and tight rhythms. While his heavily compressed hip hop is a joy to hear,…

Upon Frankie Knuckles sad passing, this week’s Throwback Thursday is dedicated to the genre he fathered in documentary series Pump Up the Volume: The History of House Music. Firstly, I’d like to say RIP to Frankie Knuckles on behalf of everyone at Sampleface. His work and efforts in pioneering house music and sticking another pin in Chicago on the musical map should never been overlooked….

Mysterious Chicago producer Preacher(man) joins the illustrious ranks of Sampleface. If you weren’t already aware, we also run a small label alongside the blog (you can find our roster above) and we have a brand new producer on the books. Preacher(man) is a beatmaker from Chicago and we previously featured his debut EP “srmns{vol.1}” with its fusty boom bap and Rev X themed cover. Due…

Chicago’s Preacher(man) drops his debut beat tape, srms{vol. 1}. It would appear another producer has got the lo-fi bug. Upcoming producer Preacher(man) hails from The Windy City and tonight, he dropped his debut beat tape entitled srms{vol.1}. The religious references don’t stop there though as the cover is “adorned” with the wonderfully comical visage of Reverend X. Beat wise, this one bumps and knocks in…

Back from completing his studies, HiCLAS! of the Analog Division tells us What Ppl Say. We have to respect someone who takes time away from their passion to take care of important business. In HiCLAS’ case, it was college studies and having successfully graduated (congrats, dude!), the Chicagoan has returned to music with What Ppl Say. With a beat like that, lazy and full of…

Chicago’s Tensei produces “Alright!”, a funky hip hop jam featuring vocals from ADAD. We’ve known about Tensei for a while now. The Chicago-based production crew is made up of Simple X and Midas Wells and they have collaborated with the likes of Brandee Younger and a wide range of musicians. For Alright, the pair have offered up some much needed funky soul into our lives with…

Clothing company No Love City have launched a Kickstarter campaign yesterday to make limited edition J Dilla t-shirts. You had me at Dilla. Chicago clothing company No Love City are planning to make limited edition J Dilla shirts to honour his legacy and they need your help. The design, completely original and drawn by The Kid Ninja, shows the Detroit producer carrying his trust MPC,…

We go back to 1993 to see the “worst music video ever” in this week’s Throwback Thursday. On Sampleface, we make sure you get the best music, videos and cultural news we can find but occasionally, we let it slide when it’s in the name of humour. This is one of those times. Back in 1993, a Chicago musician named Jan Terri (born Janice Spagnolia) released…

Fauntleroy of Cocaine 80s comes with a superb R&B jam called Fine Ass Pisces, featuring Jhené Aiko and Common. Ever since Chain Glow with Nas last year, I’ve really enjoyed Cocaine 80s and what they’ve come out with. If you’ve never heard of them before, they’re a collective of musicians, singers, and one rapper (Common) from Chicago, put together by frequent Common collaborator No I.D….

Roc C and Chali 2na (formerly of Jurassic 5) return with two brand new singles. We’ll forgive you for missing Ron C and Chali 2na’s collab album R.I.D.S. (released under the name Ron Artiste last August). It wasn’t marketed very well despite the fact that Chali 2na was a member of Jurassic 5. But have no fear because they’re back with a couple of brand new tracks…