We put this here so you all would know that we have a new track that is a free download via our SoundCloud page. The tune is called “I See” and features Zumo Kollie rapping over a beat that we wrote. It’s part of a collaboartion EP we did with him. 

Not gonna lie, it’s preeeeetty killer. Also, again not lying here, you should go download it because you’ll dig it.

From Dylan - 

"Everyone, I believe, has that album, book, movie etc. that has significantly impacted everything they do artistically. This is that album. Now don’t go into it expecting to be moved beyond measure because that won’t, assuredly, happen. Just listen. If you love it, great. If you hate it, even better. This album changed my focus, drive and involvement in music. Maybe it was the contemporary back beats over familiar and not so familiar harmony or maybe it was the always-present attention to a simplified groove. Whatever it was, I was hooked from track 1. Everyone has a niche in jazz and I’d like to believe this is my niche. Notable tracks are Two Heads One Pillow and Love is All Around. Though, if I can be honest, the whole album is a highlight reel.”

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Cables running everywhere, cold coffee in the cups…‪‎creation‬. Working on unique approaches and interesting sounds.

Cables running everywhere, cold coffee in the cups…‪‎creation‬. Working on unique approaches and interesting sounds.

Over hip-hop’s life span there have always been debates about who is the best producer out there, but few have reached legendary status and been universally accepted as a game changer like J Dilla (Jay Dee) was. This week’s album is “Donuts”, a completely instrumental album that Dilla put together during an extended hospital stay and ended up being one of his last. He was know primarily as having the best drums of all time but his overall production style has never been able to be completely replicated or matched. I would take the time to list all the people he worked with and would eventually call him one of their biggest influences, but I would rather leave the discovery to you. For those into hip-hop, J Dilla is a name you need to know and explore. His work helped shape the music into what it is today. 

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We’ve been talking about this EP with Zumo Kollie for a bit, and now we want you all to have a piece of it. Please visit either our SoundCloud or Bandcamp pages and download the single “I See” for free. Absolutely 100% free to download and own. 

This is only the beginning. Dig this tune.

From Ben - 

"It’s been a personal belief of mine that there is music that you’re supposed to hear at a certain point in your life. Hear it earlier, it passes by you unable to make it’s impact, and you continue you on without ever taking a second listen. However, when an album or artist finds you at that perfect time in your life, just when your ear is searching for something, this sound can change your whole perspective. This is what our album of the week, Atmosphere’s "Seven’s Travels", did for me.

Back in the day, my big brother Brendon had an old Mazda 323 that was a hand-me-down from our uncle. Not a great car, but it meant independence, and since I didn’t have a license at the time it meant me getting a lot of rides from him. A common night would be to meet up with some friends of ours at a local IHOP to hang, eat stacks of pancakes, and hang for a bit discussing life as far as we had known in our few years. Since Brendon was the point man on these trips, he’d have rule over the CD player, and it was at this time that he was just starting to get into hip-hop, specifically underground, not widely known stuff. I was a dumb little music snob at the time who’s only real frame of reference for hip-hop was gangster rap that a bunch of kids I couldn’t stand listened to.

To this day, I remember exactly the corner we were at, the stoplight we were stopped at, the way the inside of the car looked, and the way the my brain lit up at the first few seconds of “Trying To Find A Balance”. Before playing it my brother prefaced the song with “this should change your mind about hip-hop” and god damn was he right. I had never heard an MC so honest, raw, or as self depricating as Slug was on this album. Couple that with Ant’s production with layers and layers of different sounds, all mashed together in one cohesive, pulse thumping set of tracks. This was what hip-hop COULD be.

Now, because of records like this, I do what I do. I make the music I make. Trying to get to that same self aware place that Slug was at when he wrote those rhymes, to make beats as intricate and complete as Ant does. Still working at it, but I’m getting there. Granted, there have been a lot of albums since and I’ve now opened my ears to all manners of music and sound (I dropped the music snob act a long time ago), but that memory remains. Its like the first time I heard Coltrane, Tom Waits, Mingus, The Roots, and artist that has shaped me. 

Always keep your ears open. Always be quick to surrender yourself to those moments. Always let your big brother show you his music.”

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typostrate:

Words of HipHop

HipHop is a cultural movement originally arised from Worksongs, Soulmusic, Funk, Rap and of course in the conglomerate with Djing, B-Boying and Graffitti Writing. It started int he Ghettos of New York in the 70ies by mixing different records to samples like the film Wildstyle is showing. The evolution of HipHop brought an own language with it and that’s what Tobias Degel’s work is on. As he says:”My inspiration was to reinterprete old black letter typefaces by putting them in a fresh context, just as hip hop reinterpreted soul, blues and funk music.” 

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Hip-hop is much more than a musical movement.

jazzicated:

Ray Charles playing chess - Bill Ray, 1966

jazzicated:

Ray Charles playing chess - Bill Ray, 1966

I’ve always thought the trumpet, specifically Miles’ Davis Harmon sound, personified the buildings, lights and calm amongst the hustle and bustle of NYC. However, below the surface - both figuratively and literally - lives a different more aggressive sound. Radio Raheem, of Do the Right Thing, exemplified the best example of that sound/attitude. He was plagued by Anger and emotional distress, though he was not without his intended good nature, and it eventually let do his unfortunate death. That anger, distress and state of mind are all found on NAS’s debut album, and our album of the week, Illmatic. NY State of Mind, probably the most recognized track from this album describes a “life [that’s] parallel to hell.” A life that continues to push and push until the only thing you can do is push back. Amongst the anger and angst on this album is that longing to be the best, to set the benchmark for MC’s. If this album is anything it is a benchmark. It is an attitude, a creed, a motto that MC’s in the next generation would continue to draw from both lyrically and harmonically. If Do The Right Thing had come out 5 years later I believe Illmatic would be blasting from Radio Raheem’s boombox.

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Some more photos from the recording session for our soon to bre released collaboration EP with Zumo Kollie. See some more behind the scenes footage, and hear parts of the tunes, on our YouTube channel. And be on the look out for an exclusive track to be dropped soon.