Alto & Bugseed – ACROSS BEAT TAPE

The Japanese duo return with a new collab project. Japan’s influence on hip hop should not go unmentioned. The nation gave us anime which has become synonymous with the genre’s lo-fi variant. Some of the greatest DJ’s were born there: DJ Kentaro, DJ Krush, The Silent Poets, and the late Nujabes. From the underground, Bugseed continues to reign supreme. His heavy style of boom bap…

Leftover Links #22: Beats and Videos

This edition of Leftover Links is all about beats and videos. Leftover Links is back once again with some beats and videos from the past few months so enjoy! Beats Bugseed – Fresh Jive EP One of our favourite Japanese beatmakers, Bugseed, dropped a fresh beat tape called “Fresh Jive EP” on Bandcamp a few months ago. The EP was intended for the “hottest summer from…

Magical Mystery Mix – 70s Japanese Jazz Mix Vol.3

78 minutes of Japanese jazz from the 70’s including rare groove, jazz fusion, drum breaks, and more. Magical Mystery Mix is back with the third volume of their 70s Japanese Jazz Mix. There isn’t a tracklist for this one but there are still some incredible jazz numbers from the Land of the Rising Sun. And the same diverse range of genres are covered: rare groove, jazz-funk, fusion, and…

Leftover Links #21: Rappers’ Delight

This edition of Leftover Links is all about the rappers. We get so many submissions every day, it’s not possible to get to them all as and when they come through. That means we miss things and get to them late. A bit like when you’re stuck for something to eat and have nothing substantial in, you put together a mish-mash concoction. And then it…

Sampleface’s World Cup Playlist

We’ve compiled a special World Cup playlist with songs from every nation in the tournament. The advantage of having run this blog for 6 years is the countries we’ve covered in that time. We still have some gaps to fill but in the meantime, celebrate the tournament starting on Friday with our special World Cup playlist. It features music/artists from every nation so you won’t…

Magical Mystery Mix – Beats from Japan

Chilled music to relax to – MMM compiled a “Beats from Japan” YouTube playlist featuring the likes of ILL.SUGI, DJ Mitsu the Beats, and Linn Mori. Magical Mystery Mix has put together a fine array of Japanese instrumental hip hop. The “Beats from Japan” playlist comprises of 24 tracks spread over an hour of beats, showcasing Japan’s prolific underground scene. We’ve been fans of Japanese…

BYSON – konbini

Orlando’s BYSON takes us shopping in Japan with konbini. We featured BYSON a few months ago with his album, refresh, and now he is back with something new. “konbini” is a collection of Japanese-themed beats. The tape opens with sounds of supermarket shuffling and meanders into a piano-drum loop. The rest is a journey through Japan’s array of sounds and genres. I find myself swaying…

Magical Mystery Mix – 70s Japanese Jazz Mix Vol.2

A whole hour of Japanese jazz from the 70’s including rare groove, jazz fusion, drum breaks, and more. Samplefiends rejoice! Magical Mystery Mix have uploaded the second volume of their 70s Japanese Jazz Mix on YouTube and it’s a stonker. There are only 10 tracks on this but each one is packed with jazz goodness from a great transition period in jazz. What’s more, it comes from…

axion117 – Sketches

Japanese producer axion117 gives us some Sketches for his new album. Looking for some albums from this year, I spotted this gem on Bandcamp. axion117 aka Shuya Sato is a Japanese producer and his latest album, Sketches, is fantastic. Sharp chops of pitched down 80s funk records are his MO and he executes this with the technique of a samurai. I don’t say this because…

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…