Sunday, 18 January 2009

The Awakening

This is different, but so so so good. Stacy Epps is ATL emcee/songstress who's sound is so different to what you're used to from the South. The Awakening has this ethereal essence about it making it seriously captivating. So many good tracks on this 2008 release, but her first official release, Ruff Draft which features production from J Dilla and Madlib among others is also worth a listen. Do not take my word for it, hear for yourself!

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Magic Monday

Michna's latest solo release, Magic Monday, and it's pretty cool too. Feeling Skunk Walk in particular. Nice bit of electronica, and the album artwork is very cool!

Onra & Quetzal

Couple of guys from Paris, France who tend to produce hip-hop beats based on themes and samples. Some nice cutting and sampling on here. The track below, Let Me Know, is taken from the EP, Tribute which is named as it's a tribute to soul and R&B which they've sampled on every track. Holla!

Yancey Boys

Been away for a minute, but back with a big release. A slight break from the norm, as this is no doubt a more popular album, Illa J, the younger brother of J Dilla, put out his first full release at the end of last year. Yancey Boys features production entirely by Jay Dee, and really doesn't disappoint. Gonna leave some tracks playing for a little while.