TUAMIE channels some “Moon Energy” on his latest album. When it comes to TUAMIE, it’s all about those straight beats and loops; no frills, no mess, no fuss. It’s minimalist in composition and captures a vibe in a similar vein to J Dilla with his batch tapes. A more ardent critique may call it repetitive. We call it a groove.

The first of two mixes by Zero 7 from 2010, packed with an hour of the best hip hop and electronic music. Zero 7 are idols of mine and PixMix1 feels like it was made for me personally. Why? Well, it features the likes of Mos Def, J Dilla, Flying Lotus, and Q-Tip for a start. But it’s also because the tracks chosen formed the…

Jaylib went HAM in their respective ways on Da Rawkus, an unreleased track from 2002. Stones Throw have launched a vinyl subscription service and to kick things off, the first release will be a Madlib’s remix of Champion Sound and unreleased track “Da Rawkus”. The cut was recorded by Dilla and Madlib between LA and Detroit in 2002 with the Oxnard-native on the beats and…

The unearthing of Dilla treats continues as the Boiler Room release a mixtape of his listening habits. Something a little different from the J Dilla archives in the form of a mixtape but not of his own music. Boiler Room and BBE Records have released an unheard mixtape recorded sometime around the turn of the millennium. So what was Jay Dee jamming to at the…

Stussy celebrates its 35th anniversary as a brand with a collection “devoted” to the legends that are A Tribe Called Quest. ATCQ need no introduction and neither do Stussy if you’ve been up in hip hop culture for longer than 5 minutes. As a way of celebrating middle age as it were, the brand have come up with a fantastic collection centred around the iconic…

Black Milk is at it again with another fine Boiler Room set in Moscow. I always look forward to Boiler Room sets involving my favourite producers as it allows me to hear what music they’re rocking at the time, as fans and musicians themselves. Black Milk has already put on quite the show in a set before but for his recent set in Moscow, the…

Slum Village’s latest LP features production work and cameos from the likes of De La Soul, Phife Dawg, J Dilla and Black Milk. While it seems Slum Village have become something of a hip hop Ship of Theseus in their replacement of original members, their output has become more frequent in recent years. Including mixtapes, SV have released five records since 2010 and their latest,…

Slum Village’s We On is our Song For Sunday. Among the throng of releases in 2014, you may have forgotten about Slum Village’s Vintage EP and I’ll admit I did myself. While all the tracks are brilliant, it’s the J Dilla-produced We On that wins a place in this week’s Song For Sunday. Serenity is the name of the game on this track and a…

NYC producer Blake Frederick drops the second volume from his Rhythm N’ Beats Vol. 2, inspired by 9th Wonder, J Dilla, and Jake One. As controversial as Reddit can be, some of the subforums are a treasure trove for hobbyists and enthusiasts of any discipline. While browsing the /r/makinghiphop subreddit, I stumbled upon this an album by New York producer Blake Frederick. The beatmaker is…

Ashton James Brown interviewed the exciting jazz/hip hop quartet Sumochief and discussed their origins, their thoughts regarding London’s vibrant music scene and how music technology is incorporated into their creative process. The UK hip hop scene has an abundance of talent when it comes to emcees and producers, however live hip hop bands are few and far between. Sumochief are a London based four-piece whose…