Shrill Evans – MONOLITH

It’s a new moniker for Starchildluke as he releases his fifth #Road2Switch series. No prizes for guessing where the name Shrill Evans comes from. But in case you didn’t know, it’s a lo-fi take on the late piano maestro Bill Evans. And Starchildluke took that inspiration for his new alter-ego on new album, MONOLITH. He describes it as “a sub-20-minute journey through jazz and classical…

Starchildluke – GENGARTAPE

Another month, another beat tape from Starchildluke. This one is called GENGARTAPE. Even though he hit his target, the #Road2Switch series still rolls on with a fifth release. Starchildluke’s GENGARTAPE doesn’t have a concrete theme, but many of the samples on the tracks reference things like ghosts and poison, a nod to the titular Pokémon, Gengar. The producer initially wanted a video game beat tape…

VIDEO: Beatnick Dee & Pheo – Patience

Anglo-American producer Beatnick Dee and rapper Pheo suit up for their thrilling new video. I’m all for a balance of form and function and that’s precisely how Beatnick Dee & Pheo have described their joint album, Patience. The video for the title track pays homage to Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and those cheesy LA cop/crime duo dramas from the 60s. Expect plenty of cruising, conversations…

Zero 7’s Simple Things Turned 18 Today

An album that changed my life in so many ways. This is my clumsy ode to Simple Things by Zero 7. This will be a stream of consciousness type essay because Simple Things is that kind of album to me. And the way I found Zero 7 – and the album – was in an unlikely place. I spent my college years (that’s ages 16-18…

Review: Edison Av x Sik Sense – Above the Ground

Another transatlantic duo meet for the follow up to their 2017 debut EP. We reviewed Edison Av and Sik Sense’s Above the Ground. Hip hop has no boundaries when it comes to creativity. The second biggest ocean on the planet isn’t the obstacle it once was for artists back in the day thanks to the internet as Edison Av and Sik Sense know all too…

Starchildluke – BOWSERTAPE

A little late but the UK producer is back again with his fourth #Road2Switch album release, BOWSERTAPE. In arguably his best release of the series, Starchildluke brings us BOWSERTAPE. He’s called it an “alternative love album” loosely based on Bowser’s “relationship” with Princess Peach. To tell the tale, Starchildluke has used mostly R&B samples with a random mix of skits per his trademark style. As…

Zero 7 – Aurora

Zero 7 return with their second single this year. Aurora features frequent collaborator, José González. It’s been 10 years since Zero 7’s last studio album, Yeah Ghost. They’ve released a few singles and EPs since then but nothing full length and I’m chomping at the bit in all honesty. I listen to their debut album, Simple Things, once a week and have done for the…

Mr Ekow – Ekow Freestyle

South London rapper Mr Ekow spits the ultimate flames in his eponymous freestyle. I have a backlog of submissions to get through. It’s not something bloggers talk about in the open but we get a lot. I’m glad I kept this one. Mr Ekow is a rapper from South London and in his “Ekow Freestyle”, he raps incredible bars over the Nas and Swizz Beatz’s…

Starchildluke – VENOMTAPE

The UK producer drops the second album from his #Road2Switch series. We covered Starchildluke’s last album, Boas Festas, when it came out for Christmas. His aim was to release one album a month in 2019 for his #Road2Switch series, a fund created to buy a Nintendo Switch. January’s album is called VENOMTAPE and uses a variety of rock samples and frantic samples. Inspired by Madlib’s…